Ousmane Dembele set to sign with PSG by July 31

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PSG are on the verge of signing France international and Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele before the end of July, according to sources reported by ESPN.

According to ESPN, the French champions have been eyeing the 26-year-old forward for quite some time, and it appears that their pursuit is about to pay off, with Dembele allegedly agreeing to a five-year contract with PSG.

Dembele's current contract with Barcelona includes a €50m release clause, which is only valid through July 31. After that date, the release clause will double to €100m.

However, Barcelona have reportedly extended an offer to the France international to keep him at Camp Nou, which could put the deal in danger for PSG to whiff on it.

That said, the French club is confident that their project will entice Dembele to join their ranks instead of staying put in Barcelona.

Although there are still some finer details to be worked out, negotiations between the player's agent, Moussa Sissoko, and PSG sporting director Luis Campos are reportedly progressing positively, reported ESPN.

Dembele's joined Barcelona for a fee of €105m paid to German side Borussia Dortmund in 2017, and he's gone through an endless array of injury issues. Nevertheless, the forward has managed to contribute 40 goals in 185 appearances for the club and has been a part of three La Liga title-winning campaigns.

Dembele will join fellow incoming players Marco Asensio, Manuel Ugarte, Lucas Hernandez, Cher Ndour, and Lee Kang-in ahead of next season, the first one under the management of Luis Enrique from the touchline.

Meanwhile, PSG will keep working in finding a suitor to sign Kylian Mbappe while the French also try to iron out the details of the potential sale of Italian midfielder Marco Verratti to a Saudi club, as reported earlier this week and only pending some little details for the transfer to go through.

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