According to an update from journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, Liverpool approached Barcelona over winger Ousmane Dembele in ‘recent days‘ – apparently offering to take him on a loan-to-buy basis as a potential challenger to our front three next season.
Dembele, who has spent the majority of this campaign out injured with hamstring problems, signed for the Catalans in an eye-watering £135.5 million deal back in 2017 but has arguably failed to live up to that lofty fee.
The Frenchman, over his career at the Nou Camp so far, has managed to tally 19 goals and 17 assists from the wing in all competitions – registering some pretty noteworthy stats when he does get the chance to show his worth.
Should Liverpool sign Dembele?
Yes, bring him in
No, we already have a star front three
According to WhoScored, over 20 La Liga starts last campaign, Dembele averaged more completed dribbles and take-ons than any Liverpoool player has over 2019/2020 – including the star front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.
As per this update, the Reds have made an approach for the 23-year-old starlet, offering to take him on a loan-to-buy basis rather than an outright purchase – debatably a smart move given his recent fitness issues.
Currently valued at around £50.4 million by Transfermarkt, recent events could potentially bring that price down to just £37 million according to the Daily Mail – with the impact of a global pandemic seemingly affecting football transfer fees.
Whether or not we land the attacker remains to be seen, but there are positives and negatives to be considered.