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Barcelona: Juan Laporta confirms imminent moves for two wingers

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The Catalans have completed two of their most-anticipated transfers and are ready to unveil both players.  

Barcelona president Joan Laporta has confirmed Ousmane Dembele and Raphinha will officially join the Blaugrana this week.

Dembele is currently a free agent after his contract at Camp Nou expired earlier this summer. While negotiating a new deal with Dembele, Barcelona went on to make a bid for Leeds United’s Raphinha.

Despite competition from Chelsea and Arsenal, the Catalans reached an agreement with Leeds for the winger on Wednesday.

“This week we will present Dembele and Raphinha,” the Barcelona president 

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He added: “We are doing everything we can, it is not easy.

“But we are working very well. I congratulate how the football department is working, with Mateu Alemany and Jordi Cruyff to the front.”

Laporta was also asked about Barcelona’s move for Robert Lewandowski, but he refused to make a comment. 

Bayern Munich have refused Barca’s two initial offers for the Polish striker. However, the Catalans are reportedly planning to make an improved bid to finalize the deal later this week.

Lewandowski returned to Bayern’s training on Wednesday. But, according to the German outlet Bild, his body language was ‘clearly showing he wants to leave’.

Let’s see if the Polish striker will secure a move away from Allianz Arena before Bayern’s planned travel to the USA next Monday.