Barcelona are facing Alaves in their second LaLiga game this season, but Ernesto Valverde’s Press conference ahead of this game was mostly about Ousmane Dembele, since the Catalan club had announced his signing a little earlier.
He is quick, skillful and we hope he will be able to bring a lot to the team. We are very excited about this player. We have got high hopes, we still need to get to know him on a personal level. It is going to be great to get to know him at the club
the coach of the Blaugrana said, talking about the young Frenchman.
He is a player who guarantees offensive depth, the depth that we have lost and that we need. He is a player who can play on both sides of attack, also in the middle, so that gives us a lot of possibilities
Valverde also said for his team’s new number 11, as Dembele has been given the number Neymar wore before moving to Paris Saint-Germain, a few weeks ago.
According to reports, Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund reached a deal worth €105m, with the German club making an extra €42m, gradually, as Dembele is expected to reach certain goals.
A good part of those initial €105m will go to Rennes, Dembele’s former team, who had a ‘sell-on’ asterisk in their deal with Dortmund, when they let the young France international go a year ago.