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Barca’s record signing Dembele is reportedly too out of shape to debut

Ousmane Dembele

French soccer player Ousmane Dembele gestures during his arrival at the club’s office at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017. Barcelona is shoring up its attack following Neymar’s departure by buying Ousmane Dembele from Borussia Dortmund in a deal that could reach 147 million euros (about $173 million), second only to the Brazilian star’s world-record transfer. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)


Somebody apparently forgot to advise Ousmane Dembele that he ought to do some cardio during his self-imposed sabbatical from Borussia Dortmund.

Dembele successfully forced a record transfer to Barcelona by sitting out BVB training, making Dortmund’s decision to sell him even easier.

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But Barca coach Ernesto Valverde is in a predicament, according to Don Balon, which says the out-of-shape Dembele may not even be ready for a spot in Barca’s 18 despite his status as a record signing and the hopeful long-term replacement for Neymar.

Of course we don’t know whether Dembele was doing any training during his time away from BVB; He might’ve been running and winning four 5Ks a day.

Don Balon poses the millions and millions of dollars question in its post: Does Valverde risk making his board look awkward by sitting Dembele, or does he put the player in his 18 -- or Starting XI -- and send a message of which his players may not accept its political nature?

This is going to send Ousmane down a spot in our Dembele power rankings:

3. Ousmane Dembele, Barcelona
2. Moussa Dembele, Celtic
1. Mousa Dembele, Tottenham Hotspur

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