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Barcelona have asked about Loren but he's not leaving, say Betis

Barcelona had an approach for Loren Moron rejected as they continue to explore options to ease their injury woes, according to Real Betis coach Rubi.

Barca were dealt a severe blow this week when they confirmed Ousmane Dembele is expected to be out for six months after hamstring surgery.

With Luis Suarez also sidelined for several months, Barca are reported to have been granted special dispensation to sign a replacement, providing the player in question is either a free agent or already based in Spain.

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Real Sociaded’s Willian Jose, Angel Rodriguez of Getafe, Deportivo Alaves forward Lucas Perez and Loren were said to be their chief targets, though a reported €12 million (£10m/$13m) budget limits them significantly.