Liverpool are apparently in talks to sign Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele in January in an attempt to boost their chances of lifting the Premier League title this year, according to various reports on Twitter.
Having often been relegated to bench duty, the 21-year-old is thought to be discontent with life at the Nou Camp and Barcelona have advised him to seek a move away when the transfer window opens.
Although a loan move has been mooted, reputable Twitter user Sponge Sports rubbished these reports and claimed Klopp is instead trying to sign Dembele on a permanent basis as opposed to a temporary switch.
Life in Spain has been far from easy for Dembele since trading Dortmund for Barcelona last year, with injuries and inconsistency hindering his first season at the club; things looked to improve at the start of the current campaign, with 3 goals in 4 appearances, but it has again stagnated since then.
Despite a difficult tenure in Catalonia, there is no disputing Dembele’s talent; highly skilful and with pace in abundance, he would certainly be a perfect fit for Klopp’s system and having shown interest in the French international prior to his move to Barcelona, it would appear to make sense.
However, it is currently difficult to see where Dembele fits in at Anfield. With Sadio Mane and Mo Salah well established as the starting wingers, Dembele is unlikely to dislodge them and swapping Barca’s bench for Liverpool’s doesn’t seem probable.
There is the possibility that Klopp could deploy him behind the striker and have him operate as a creative outlet in midfield, but he’d arguably be wasted there and it’s also doubtful he’d come to play in a position he isn’t accustomed to.
Considering how difficult it was for Barcelona chiefs to sign Dembele in the first place, he would be far from cheap and talks would likely only be initiated at the £100m mark — fair considering his talent and potential.
A move to bring Dembele to Merseyside would be exciting and definitely welcomed by fans, but I wouldn’t hold my breath.