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Report: Liverpool interested in Ousmane Dembele on a free transfer

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Liverpool are said to be one of the main clubs interested in Ousmane Dembele should he become available on a free transfer next summer.

 

The 24 year-old French international came to Barcelona in August 2017 with a high level of expectation as the Catalan club paid Borussia Dortmund in the region of £100 million for his services.

 

At the time the transfer was the second highest on record only eclipsed by Neymar’s £200 million move to PSG a few weeks prior and hopes were high that Dembele would go a long way to filling the boots of the Brazilian.

 

However it is fair to say that the undoubted talent has fallen well short of expectations due to a catalogue of injuries which has seen him miss close to 100 games in his four and a bit seasons at the Camp Nou.

 

Dembele has suffered six separate hamstring injuries and the latest setback with his troublesome leg muscle has seen the forward go under the knife after he injured while on international duty with France at Euro 2020 and is yet to play this season.

 

His current record with Barcelona stands at 30 goals in 118 appearances. 

 

Barcelona are just one of the clubs who are doing it extremely tough in the current financial climate and are slashing costs to their wage bill.

 

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Teamtalk reports that they have asked Dembele to take a reduction in his weekly wage, which is estimated to be around £200,000 a week.

 

With the Rennes junior coming out of contract next summer, there is a growing indication that will reject a new deal and look to make a fresh start.

 

This is reportedly where the Reds come in as a refresh of the front line is looming on the horizon with Roberto Firmino, Mo Salah and Sadio Mane either just turned 30 or on the verge of doing so.

 

The signing of Diogo Jota has turned into a masterstroke with the 25 year-old fitting seamlessly into the squad.

 

Divock Origi and Takumi Minamino are further options at Jurgen Klopp’s disposal but have failed to display the level of consistency required.

 

This is not the first time that Dembele has been linked to the Reds as there was a level of interest before he joined Barca and Jurgen Klopp is a fan of the player.

 

However they will have plenty of company for his services if he becomes available on a free with a number of big clubs interested including Bayern Munich, Juventus, Man City and Chelsea, while newly cashed up Newcastle will be on the lookout for players with a deal of talent.

 

The Liverpool transfer hierarchy have proven themselves to be very selective when it comes to signing players.

 

Despite noise from the outside, they are never hurried and wait for the right moment to make their move.

 

This could well be another example of right place and right time.

 

 


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Perma crock on high wages unless we need company for Ox I doubt this will happen.

 

Plenty of good players coming up on free transfers though.

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25 minutes ago, dockers_strike said:

We keep being linked with this lad but he just seems a massive underperformer. So it's a no from me.

And as a club that keeps a very tight rein on wages, it seems like a false economy to saddle the club with £200k a week outgoings for a high-risk of injury player. A 38 year old Suarez would probably offer more than Dembele.

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He cost Barca £100m-plus and I still have no idea if he's any good or not because every time I've seen him play, he's not looked particularly effective. The rest of his time is spent making Daniel Sturridge look durable.

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Weren’t we linked with him before he went to Dortmund? 
 

I’m sure I’ve seen Klopp comment before he liked him. 
 

But I can’t really say anything others haven’t already said on his injuries.

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Part of me thinks we'd never be interested in someone with his injury record, another part of me reckons that he's a brilliant player just waiting for a decent manager to unlock his potential.

 

For 10m/season (200k/week, minimal fee), he could just be a bargain. Maybe. If he could keep fit. He is the right age, which is rarely the case for a player on a bosman.

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He's not going to be a bargain. He's missed over 400 days of training in the last two years and his wages are outrageous. We'd be much better off signing Sarr or Raphinha.

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Even if he did sign for £400k over five years (which is too much), there wouldn't be much financially between that and a £50m fee plus £150k (which would be a low est these days on both fronts for Sarr and Raphinha, think the grealish deal will have fucked the costs on prem signings to another level for the near future). Talent wise and financially it might be the better call, but the injuries should be the killer for this, you'd have thought.

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Isn’t he meant to be a bit of a twat as well?

 

Sure I heard once he knew Barca had bid for him, he didn’t even move out his flat or pack and basically got on the next flight to Barca and told Dortmund to fuck off.
 

Doesn’t sound like he’s been taking the best care of himself in Barca either.

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On 12/10/2021 at 17:04, Scott_M said:

Isn’t he meant to be a bit of a twat as well?

 

Sure I heard once he knew Barca had bid for him, he didn’t even move out his flat or pack and basically got on the next flight to Barca and told Dortmund to fuck off.
 

Doesn’t sound like he’s been taking the best care of himself in Barca either.

Here's a recent photo of Dembele

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