Borussia Dortmund did not allow Barcelona to "screw" them over the transfer of Ousmane Dembele, president Reinhard Rauball said.
Dembele, 20, made the move from Dortmund to Barcelona for a reported €105million late last month.
It was the LaLiga giants' biggest signing of the transfer window, having needed desperately to try and replace Neymar after the Brazilian's world-record move to Paris Saint-Germain.
Rauball said Dortmund were clear with Barca from the outset, setting out what they wanted for the France international.
"In the case of Dembele, we didn't let Barcelona screw us and made all the conditions clear from the beginning," he said on Monday.
"If they hadn't met those conditions, the transfer wouldn't have been possible. The fact that it happened shortly before the window closed is just the way things are.
"Nevertheless, we really have to think about whether we can accept the fact that such transfers are possible until the end of August."
Dembele ended up spending just one campaign at Dortmund after joining from Rennes last year.
Get the best features, fun and footballing frolics straight to your inbox every week.
Thank you for signing up to Four Four Two. You will receive a verification email shortly.
There was a problem. Please refresh the page and try again.