Sky Italy transfer expert Gianluca Di Marzio has claimed on his official website that Liverpool have tabled a loan-to-buy offer for Barcelona star Ousmane Dembele – and the player has given his response.
Dembele, 23, joined Barcelona in the summer of 2017 but has since managed just 74 league and cup appearances for the Spanish champions – with numerous injuries preventing him from making and proper progress.
Such is his struggles with injury, 90Min claimed the £96million (Mail) signing was being eyed by Liverpool with RB Leipzig remaining stubborn over Timo Werner’s release clause – with the Reds only willing to pay £40million.
Now, Di Marzio has claimed Liverpool have made a loan-to-buy deal for World Cup winner Dembele. However, a move has hit the skids already, with Dembele desperate to remain at Barcelona – even if Barca want him sold.
TBR’s view – Dembele would have been a top addition
Liverpool’s system under Jurgen Klopp sees wide players Sadio Mane and Mo Salah go beyond striker Roberto Firmino and end up with more chances to score than the Brazilian – despite lining up either side of him.
Dembele would be ideal as a replacement for either Mane or Salah. Bags of pace, an eye for goal – with 19 goals and 17 assists in 74 Barca outings – and the ability to either run in behind or come short, he would be perfect.
Back to the drawing board it is for Liverpool, though, as Leipzig remain stubborn over Werner’s fee and Dembele looks desperate to remain at the Nou Camp for the foreseeable future.