Barcelona are reportedly planning to cash in on Liverpool transfer target Ousmane Dembele in January after failing to move him on this summer.
According to Marca, Barcelona wanted to sell him in the window just gone but were unable to find a buyer and are now hoping that they can try again in a few months.
Fellow Premier League club Manchester United have also been touted with interest in Dembele, although it remains to be seen whether or not they will go back in for him in January.
ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT
Liverpool should avoid a January deal for Dembele unless Barcelona are willing to compromise on their no loan stance. Dembele has proven himself to be an unreliable player over the last 18 months, with just five starts in all competitions since the start of the 2019/20 campaign. Since breaking through at Rennes in 2015, 22 starts is the most Dembele has managed in a single league season – further highlighting his fitness struggles.
This is why Liverpool should be wary of signing Dembele permanently as they do not know whether or not he will be fit enough to make a meaningful impact. If they could sign him on loan for the second half of the season it could give Jurgen Klopp the chance to assess him and see if he has what it takes to be a key player for Liverpool in the long-term.
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