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Liverpool eyeing Dembele as Barca lower price tag

Ousmane Dembele (AP)
Ousmane Dembele (AP)

Liverpool could consider a move for Ousmane Dembele as Barcelona have reportedly dropped their asking price for the player.

Dembele is the only Barca first-teamer not yet to return to the training ground, having had a coronavirus test at home this week. The attacker will re-join the squad this week, as long as his test is negative, but his future is far from assured.

Marca claim "the Frenchman is one of the transferable footballers on the squad" and the Spanish publication say Barca will take around €60 million for the troublesome Frenchman - a loss of €80 million on the player.

Barca have doubts over the player's physical and mental state, while the source states that he was the only one who did not connect to the video conference that coach Quique Setien organised on April 14.

The 22-year-old has had a series of bad injuries, and a series of unfortunate run-ins with the press who have questioned his desire and work-rate.

The report says now is the time to sell the winger as he approaches fitness after surgery on "a ruptured tendon in his proximal hamstring in his right thigh" in Finland in February.

Barca are apparently intent on signing Lautaro Martinez and re-signing Neymar and they are happy to cut their losses and get what they can for Dembele.

That may well play into Klopp's hands, who is believed to be an admirer of the former Borussia Dortmund man.

Dembele has long been linked with a move to the Premier League after falling out of favour at the Camp Nou, with Liverpool recently named as the club who were in pole position to sign him, ahead of fellow suitors Manchester United.

Last June we revealed that Liverpool had been given the green light by Barcelona to make a bid for Dembele.

Barcelona splashed out an initial fee of just over £90 million to sign Dembele from Borussia Dortmund in 2017, to help cover for the loss of Neymar.

Intermediaries told Liverpool that Dembele is available, and that they are one of his preferred destinations, although they wanted to recoup the majority of their investment. Now though the landscape at the Camp Nou has changed and Klopp may fancy taking on the talented attacker at a cut-price fee.

- TEAMtalk media