'We didn't let Barcelona screw us with Dembele' – Dortmund president Rauball reacts to €105m deal

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The man at the helm of the Bundesliga outfit has insisted that the club were never going to let the French winger leave without a fight

Borussia Dortmund did not allow Barcelona to "screw" them over the transfer of Ousmane Dembele, president Reinhard Rauball has said.

Dembele, 20, made a move from Dortmund to Barcelona for €105 million in late August.

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It was the La Liga giants' biggest signing of the transfer window, having needed desperately to try and replace Neymar after the Brazilian's world-record move to Paris Saint-Germain.

Rauball said Dortmund were clear with Barca from the outset, setting out what they wanted for the France international.

"In the case of Dembele, we didn't let Barcelona screw us and made all the conditions clear from the beginning," he said on Monday.

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"If they hadn't met those conditions, the transfer wouldn't have been possible. The fact that it happened shortly before the window closed is just the way things are.

"Nevertheless, we really have to think about whether we can accept the fact that such transfers are possible until the end of August."

Dembele ended up spending just one campaign at Dortmund after joining from Rennes in 2016.

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