Former Leeds and QPR goalkeeper Paddy Kenny believes that Ousmane Dembele would be a good signing for Liverpool if they can sign him for £44m.
According to Spanish outlet Sport, Barcelona could sell Dembele for as little as £44m. The Frenchman is out of contract in 2022 and Barcelona could cash in on him this summer in order to avoid losing him on a free transfer next year.
Liverpool are said to be interested in Dembele and Kenny claims that he is ‘definitely’ worth signing due to his age and quality.
Speaking to Football Insider, Kenny explained why Dembele could be a smart signing by Liverpool. “They’ve knocked £50m off his price and are willing to cut their losses.
“But the fact they thought he was worth that at one point tells you all you need to know, really. He definitely has quality.
“I think £44m in this day and age is not a lot of money. This would be a good move for them.
“He’s still young and definitely worth signing if you can get him at that price.
“Wages are the only concern. But if you get him in for cheaper than he’s actually worth, that’ll even itself out eventually.”
ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT
This is a tricky one. Whilst a £44m deal for Dembele has the potential to be exceptional value for Liverpool, it could equally end up being a huge disaster. On the one hand, Dembele was valued at £108m by Transfermarkt in 2018 and this shows that Dembele’s value has the potential to reach those levels again. He turns 24 later this month, which means that he has plenty of time left in his career to get back to his best and, potentially, be worth upwards of £100m instead of the £44m he could go for this year.
On the other hand, Dembele has suffered with injuries throughout his time in Spain and that could be a massive cause for concern. Dembele has endured 11 separate injury issues since joining Barcelona from Borussia Dortmund and missed large chunks of their recent seasons because of his ailments. This means that Liverpool could be running the risk of signing Dembele and having him on the treatment table more often than out on the pitch at Anfield, which could cause his value to decrease rather than increase.
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