However, according to journalist Sebastien Denis of Footmercato (h/t SPORT), there has been a major development as Dembele has decided to stay put at Camp Nou and, in the process, has turned down offers from Bayern Munich and Newcastle United.
The Frenchman has always been leaning towards a stay at Barça, but his representatives were pushing him to explore other options as he would be getting bigger contracts while they would stand to be paid agent commission.
But, Dembele, as per the report, has put his foot down and made it clear to his agents that he wishes to continue at Camp Nou.
Barcelona director Mateu Alemany had indicated that the club ideally wanted to resolve the issue by next week. That might soon become possible, with the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner expected to pen a two-year contract till 2024.
Alavaro Morata looks set to stay on loan at Juventus after Barcelona and Arsenal failed in their attempts to sign the Spain forward, reports AS.
Morata’s parent club Atletico Madrid will not sanction a move to Barca given they are rivals for a top four place in La Liga.
The 29-year-old then listened to Arsenal’s offer but felt he would not have time to move and settle back in London in time to make an impact.
Newcastle are considering a late move for Aston Villa full-back Matt Targett, reports The Athletic.
Toon boss Eddie Howe is keen to bolster his defence before the deadline and has turned his attention to Targett, who has seen his first-team spot at Villa Park taken by Lucas Digne.
Nothing has been agreed yet however and things would have to move quickly for a deal to be agreed before Monday’s deadline.
It was reported at the end of last week that Moriba has been told to stay away from pre-season training until he makes his mind up over his future. Barca have proposed a contract offer and the Catalan club want him to sign on the dotted line before he is allowed back.
However, it is believed that the two sides are far apart in regards to personal terms and Fichajes.net report that United have made it known that they are willing to pay Moriba €3m a year (around £49,000 a week).
Whether other teams will make their own bids for the Spaniard, we shall have to wait and see. Chelsea and Manchester City have also been mentioned as potential suitors over the past few months.