Speaking to Football Insider, ex-Premier League defender Danny Mills has praised Liverpool in our efforts to sign Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele as a potential alternative out wide to the likes of Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah – going on to claim that we know what we’re doing judging by past recruitment.
Dembele, who started 20 La Liga games last season for Barca, scoring eight goals and assisting five others in the process, has been largely out of action this campaign due to reoccurring injury issues – with his future in Catalonia currently being up in the air as a result.
A recent report from Football Insider claims that we have opened preliminary talks to sign the 23-year-old, potentially as a back-up option who could challenge Mane and Salah to their first team spots in future.
Should Liverpool sign Dembele over a striker?
Yes, stellar attacking talent
No, we need a Firmino alternative
The £207,000-per-week ace, once labelled a ‘phenomenon’ by footballing icon and teammate Lionel Messi, would not come at a cheap price – with recent reports estimating that a fee, at it’s lowest due to the impact of recent events, would be in the region of £37 million.
Because of this, it’s rumoured that we are currently negotiating a loan-to-buy option – with pundit Mills claiming that while he isn’t what we need right now, our recruitment staff must know what they’re doing.
Likening the winger to Mane, as well as Salah, due to their similar playing styles, the ex-England international does think that Jurgen Klopp would be more suited pursuing a centre-forward.
“He is a wider forward who is more in the role of Mane and Salah – that type of player,” he told Football Insider.
“It is not the out and out centre-forward that they need but they are champions league holders and they are going to win the league.
“Their recruitment over the past three or four seasons has been fabulous. Of course they would not have got every single target they have gone for but they know what they are doing.”
Whether or not we eventually land Dembele remains to be seen, but the Reds could certainly do worse judging by Mills’ verdict.