Why have PSG not been able to buy Ousmane Dembele yet?

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Ousmane Dembele's highly anticipated transfer to PSG seemed imminent just mere hours ago after coming by surprise and out of nowhere but there might be reasons for concern delaying the transaction of the player to Paris Saint-Germain.

It looks like Barcelona's sluggishness in sending the required documents has caused a delay in the formalization of a never-ending transaction, according to information obtained by L'Equipe.

After failing to land Harry Kane, Bernardo Silva, Victor Osimhen, and Rasmus Hojlund, PSG started to explore alternative options to bolster their forward line and they eventually ended up choosing France international Dembele of Barcelona.

A deal has been in the works for over a week, and both clubs have already agreed on the terms. It's just a matter of time and bureaucracy now before the deal goes through and Dembele is officially announced as a PSG player.

According to L'Equipe, Dembele has stayed in Paris since Thursday, Aug. 3, and the 26-year-old right winger "eagerly awaits the completion of the transfer" as the two clubs iron out the final details. Barcelona seems to be "in no hurry" to hand over the necessary paperwork, causing a delay in Dembele's medical tests, something necessary before signing any contract.

Despite this hiccup, Dembele's move to the French champions is set in stone and can be considered done pending an announcement. Dembele appeared at games played in the United States a few days ago, so there are no worries concerning his health.

The transfer will cost PSG €50m because of a clause present on Dembele's contract at PSG valid through July 31, the date in which PSG executed it in time. That gave the French club until Sep. 1 to finalize the details of the deal at that set price, so there is nothing to worry about on the payment/financial front, either.

However, while there is no binding deadline, PSG are keen to finalize the deal as quickly as possible so they can integrate Dembele in their training sessions starting Monday and ahead of the first Ligue 1 game of the season scheduled for Aug. 12.

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