Barcelona are open to the idea of selling Ousmane Dembele to Liverpool, according to reports in the Spanish media.
El Desmarque claim that boss Jurgen Klopp is keen to sign the attacker who believes can provide competition for his current attackers.
Roberto Firmino, Mo Salah and Sadio Mane are among the top three forwards in Europe and Dembele could complement those three nicely.
The Frenchman won’t come cheap. The report claims it will take an offer of £85 million to tempt Barca into doing business.
A hamstring injury has hampered Dembele this season. He has played just nine games for the Catalan giants, scoring a single goal.
It remains to be seen whether Klopp will pounce during this month. Liverpool have already added Takumi Minamino to their attacking ranks.
Barca will stand to make a significant loss on Dembele. They signed the forward from Dortmund for an initial £89 million, rising to £119 with add-ons.
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Given Liverpool’s stance on new players, the big-money capture of Dembele seems unlikely.
Klopp has typically preferred to snap up cheaper options and that was the case with the Minamino signing.
Dembele isn’t a bad player and at 22 there is still plenty of unearthed potential.
In 74 games for Barca, he has scored 19 goals and registered 17 assists, although he has largely been used as a backup.
With Firmino, Mane and Salah all bang in form now seems like the time to hang fire with Dembele.
Liverpool should win the Premier League this season with the squad they have. The summer would be an ideal time to take stock and reassess whether or not Dembele can do a job at Anfield.