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Despite reportedly rejecting Liverpool, Ousmane Dembele linked with Juventus switch

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Despite reportedly rejecting Liverpool, Ousmane Dembele linked with Juventus switch

Ousmane Dembele has reportedly rejected a move to Liverpool despite the Reds tabling a loan-to-buy offer with the Frenchman keen on remaining at Barcelona. But a new report suggests he is open to joining another club.

Sky Italy transfer expert Gianluca Di Marzio has claimed on his official website that Liverpool tabled a loan-to-buy offer for 23-year-old World Cup winner Dembele – only for Dembele to respond by stating he wants to stay at Barca.

Dembele has struggled at Barca since his £97million move (Sky Sports), managing just 74 outings in three seasons. It has made him somewhat flexible at Barca this summer – especially with the Spanish side looking for funds.

 

According to Mundo Deportivo, Juventus have opened talks with Barcelona over a move for Dembele and it appears the player is open to joining the Italian champions – despite rejecting a move to Liverpool.

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TBR’s view – Dembele decision a blow, who else can Reds sign?

Liverpool need cover for both Sadio Mane and Mo Salah, and Timo Werner is the obvious candidate. But with only a number of days remaining before his release clause expires, it looks increasingly unlikely he will be signed.

Jadon Sancho and Kai Havertz are in the right mould, but they are deemed far too expensive given both could cost the best part of a nine-figure sum. So, who should Liverpool target, given Dembele has rejected a move?

The best option could be Marcus Thuram who has returned to Bundesliga action in fine form for Gladbach. Express.de say Liverpool are interested. At £44million, he is a cheaper alternative.

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