All is not well between Barca midfield maestro Lionel Messi and Ousmane Dembele after the later refused to move to Ligue 1 champions PSG in a makeshift deal by Barca for Neymar.
Neymar has become an outcast in the Parc de Princes ever since he forced a move out of the club earlier this year with both Barca and Spanish rivals, Real Madrid bidding for his signature.
Having spent a lot money on the signing of Antoine Griezmann and Neto Mura, the La Liga giants were treading carefully so as not to breach the FFP law by adding both Coutinho and Dembele to the deal. With Coutinho moving to Bayern Munich, that left only Dembele as part of the offer.
However, the French winger has refused the deal as he does not fancy moving to PSG which has not gone down well with Messi who has fancied a reunion with his pal Neymar.
With the deal now off till January, that brings Real Madrid closer to signing him before next season if we should consider the friendship between Florentino Perez and PSG owner Nasser Al-Khelaifi.
By Chineze Ogugua