Barcelona's new Brazilian football player Paulinho Bezerra kicks a ball during his official presentation, after signing his new contract with the Catalan club at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on August 17, 2017. / AFP / LLUIS GENE
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Barcelona are hopeful of pushing through deals to sign both Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho in the coming days as efforts to fill the gap left by the departed Neymar intensify.Sporting director Robert Fernandez was less emphatic when asked about the deals later, although he was optimistic that both will soon be Barcelona players.Under pressure to spend big after pocketing a world record 222 million euros from Paris Saint-Germain for Neymar, Barcelona have already had a 90 million pound bid for 25-year-old Brazilian attacking midfielder Coutinho rejected by Liverpool.Spanish media have also reported that Barcelona are prepared to pay an initial 80 million euros, plus 40 million in bonuses, to Borussia Dortmund for 20-year-old French winger Dembele.Dembele, 20, was signed from Rennes just last year and has a contract until 2021 .
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