According to reports from Spain, Barcelona could be willing to offload Ousmane Dembele this summer.
Spanish outlet Diario AS have claimed that the Catalonia giants are looking to reclaim as much of the gargantuan £135.5 million fee (BBC Sport) they spent to lure the Frenchman from Borussia Dortmund in 2017.
The report has stated that Barcelona currently value the player at £80 million with the World Cup-winning forward suddenly on the market.
Liverpool have been touted as one of the teams who are said to be interested in Dembele. The France international reportedly is interested by the prospect of a move to England with Jurgen Klopp’s team currently the most dominant force in the Premier League.
Of course, the German manager would be interested by the prospect of linking up with the 22-year-old who could still yet prove himself as the promising talent that forced Barcelona to pay a nine-figure sum to land the talented forward from the Bundesliga three years ago.
After all, Klopp has spoken publically about his admiration for Dembele who has endured a torrid time in Spain since leaving Klopp’s former club Dortmund.
In May 2018, there were reports that after just one year at the Nou Camp, Dembele was listed as one of the players Barcelona were looking to offload.
According to the Daily Mail in 2018, Klopp was said to be on the market for a forward and Dembele certainly fit the bill.
When questioned whether he was interested in signing Dembele two years ago, Klopp replied: “Is he on the market? Now I’m interested.”
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Indeed, Dembele would be an interesting prospect at Anfield and would certainly be a welcomed addition for the English champions-elect.
If Liverpool were able to find a route to capture the French speedster for a modest fee then it would make sense for Klopp and sporting director Michael Edwards to pursue a move for Dembele.
However, at £80 million, it would seem too big of an asking price for Liverpool to deem worth proceeding as Dembele as of yet, wouldn’t usurp any of the Reds’ members of their pedigreed front trio.
If Dembele is to make it clear that Anfield is the destination he craves more than anything it could convince Klopp that he is a player for the future and a talent that could be at his peak by the time the Liverpool manager’s managerial contract expires in 2024.