According to Marca, Barcelona continue with their plan to sell reported Liverpool target Ousmane Dembele in January after missing out on a summer sale.
The French winger has featured sporadically for Barca since joining the Catalan giants from Borussia Dortmund back in 2017 as Neymar’s replacement.
Dembele cost Barca around £135 million. It’s fair to say they haven’t had their money’s worth.
There is no denying the players talent. However, a succession of injuries means he has played on average less than 25 games in all competitions per season.
A move away from the Nou Camp could be the fresh start he needs.
According to Sport, Liverpool made contact over a potential loan. However, Barca want a large portion of their investment back and they aren’t interested in a loan.
Marca claim they plan to sell him in January. But, with his contract expiring in 2022, the Catalans would contemplate a contract extension to protect their investment.
The Spanish editorial add how Barca fear losing him on the cheap or even for nothing.
Liverpool, meanwhile, bolstered their attacking options with Jota.
But with Rhian Brewster leaving and Divock Origi struggling to break in for any sustained period of time, another attacking addition may be on Jurgen Klopp’s mind.
Dembele is a mercurial talent. Capable of playing on either side, the 23-year-old has blistering pace and bags of trickery. Arguably, he would fare better in a more direct style at Liverpool compared to the controlling possession game often deployed at Barca.
New Liverpool midfielder Thiago is a big fan, telling Bild last year: “As a football player and one who played against him, I can say he is a very good footballer. I would like to play with all the great players who would love to come to Bayern.”
It remains to be seen whether Liverpool would consider a big-money deal in January. Perhaps their Premier League standing at the time may dictate their stance.