Ousmane Dembélé, currently sidelined due to injury, is on Liverpool’s radar as a signing of Timo Werner looks rather unlikely for the Reds.
Liverpool has had their interest in FC Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembélé reignited, after a move for RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner seems unlikely to have the desired outcome for the Merseyside-based club.
The Reds’ boss Jürgen Klopp is eager to add more competition to his attack. The current European champions’ objective is to regain the throne already lost this year, after elimination in the second round against Atlético Madrid. This is why, in England, they see Ousmane as the main option if Timo Werner does not end up in Anfield.
Werner, aged 24, also being the man behind 24 goals in the Bundesliga, is reportedly their priority, but Leipzig is adamant that any club who wants to sign Werner will need to pay 55 million euros before June 15, as that is the German forward’s current release clause. The financial situation of many clubs has been affected by the coronavirus pandemic, and because of this, Liverpool are exploring alternatives, according to the Spanish news outlet Mundo Deportivo.
Per the same report, Dembele re-appears strongly on the radar of Liverpool. The Reds tried to sign him from Borussia Dortmund in 2017 but the Frenchman eventually was signed to replace Neymar in Barcelona.
The English side is not the only one that has shown interest in Dembélé, with Juventus having enquired about getting him on loan as part of a deal that will send Miralem Pjanić to the Camp Nou. Those talks have, however, not materialized, and Barcelona, according to multiple reports, believe in the Frenchman, and want him to stay in Catalonia.
Dembélé’s playing time during Barcelona’s current league campaign has been little, and plagued by injuries. He has only had nine appearances, having suffered four injuries this season thus far.