Liverpool are reportedly eyeing up a move to sign Ousmane Dembele from Barcelona in a €100 million deal in the summer transfer window.
According to a report by Spanish outlet El Desmarque, Liverpool are eager to bolster their attack by signing Ousmane Dembele in the summer transfer window. The Premier League heavyweights are keen on snapping up the Frenchman, with Barcelona ready to part ways with him if the Reds shell out €100 million.
Dembele joined Barcelona from Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2017. A player who was rated as one of the most promising young wingers in Europe, it was widely believed that Barcelona had a long-term solution for their attack in the Frenchman. However, the last two-and-a-half years have been an ordeal for the club as well as the player.
Hampered by injuries all through his stint with the Blaugrana, Dembele has struggled to make his mark at Camp Nou and is currently out with yet another injury. Things finally seem to have reached a head at Barcelona, who are ready to cut their losses on the player. And, Dembele has a big name suitor in Liverpool.
The Reds seem to be well stocked in the attacking department, especially in the wide areas. In Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, Jurgen Klopp has two of the best wide men in the game. Divock Origi, who has often delivered his best performances from the wings, and Xherdan Shaqiri are reliable backup options as well for Liverpool.
However, Klopp seems to be determined to create a top class squad whose personnel he can rotate efficiently, as illustrated by the signing of Takumi Minamino. To that end, Liverpool’s interest in Dembele makes some sense.
Liverpool have been previously linked with Dembele on a number of occasions, and securing the services of the 22-year-old Barcelona winger would help Klopp create a squad that can rival Manchester City for the quality in its depth.
Liverpool, though, will have to fork out €100 million if they are to land the French international. If they are ready to meet his valuation, swooping him away from Barcelona will be a straightforward ask, with the Catalans willing to sell Dembele.
It now remains to be seen if Liverpool are prepared to stump up the required €100 million to sign Dembele, and if they are indeed interested in signing him. For now, it looks as if Barcelona are ready to see the back of the Frenchman.