Mundo Deportivo report that Liverpool are interested in Ousmane Dembele while Manchester United and Juventus have already contacted his agent.
The report from the Spanish publication writes that with Dembele at a ‘crossroads’, he needs to decide if he wants to stay at Barcelona or move on, with Juventus, PSG, Liverpool and Manchester United all touted as suitors.
Barcelona are reportedly looking to renew his contract which expires in June 2022 which leaves him with just 15 months on his current deal with the Catalonians. If they are unable to convince him to extend his contract, they will need to sell him this summer after signing him for €105m plus add-ons in 2017.
While Manchester United are ready to make a second approach after failing with a loan to buy offer last season, Liverpool and PSG are monitoring the situation and could make their move if they feel the price and time are right.
From a Reds’ perspective, it would make the most sense to wait until next summer to sign him for free because his injury record is a huge concern. There’s no doubting his talent and Jurgen Klopp is a major fan after trying to sign him last summer, according to Fabrizio Romano, but only on loan with a purchase option.
That kind of deal could still work this summer as it mitigates the risk of buying him outright from the offset. Divock Origi’s future at Liverpool looks dire and should he leave, replacing him with someone like Dembele would be a masterstroke.
The reason United and Liverpool both failed with a loan to buy move for Dembele was due to the player’s own desire to remain at Camp Nou.
His decision to stay is a respectable one but he hasn’t exactly lit the world alight with just 9 goals and 4 assists in 35 games but his 22-day injury absence this season is a major improvement on the 188 days he was absent for last season.