Less than a year since joining the Catalans for a hefty price, the forward is supposedly on the transfer list as the Reds have expressed interests
Barcelona star Ousmane Dembele has not even finished one year in the Spanish top-flight, but has already experienced vertiginous highs and lows. The Frenchman sustained an injury in only his second outing with the Catalans that kept him on the sidelines until January. But a few more bouts of injury later on further curtailed his season.
Signed for a mammoth £135 million from Borussia Dortmund, Dembele salvaged some pride with an encouraging finish to the season, but the club don’t seem to be convinced. Barcelona are now apparently listening to offers for the 21-year old, and Liverpool have emerged as potential suitors.
The Merseysiders are ready to bring him to the Anfield as manager Jurgen Klopp is said to be an admirer of him. Dembele joined Dortmund a year after he left, but he has seemingly been impressed by his performances. He was also all agog in front of the media about his availability when questioned on the same. “What was the second name? Oh! [Dembele] is on the market? Is he on the market? Now I am interested! I never comment on transfer rumours. I’ve said already much more than I usually say,” piqued the Reds manager in excitement.
But Barcelona are caught on the horns of a dilemma, whether to sell him on a permanent transfer and recoup the amount spent in his pursuit, or send him on loan first with an option to buy permanently. Dembele struggled to dislodge another big money signing Philippe Coutinho, who was generally preferred on the right wing over him.
With a summer of clear-outs looming on Barcelona, reports suggest the French starlet may also face the axe.
It’s too early to deduce that Dembele was a bad piece of business. The Frenchman had a difficult season, thanks to the injuries, yet managed to give a glimpse of his potential in the final few games of the season. If he maintains a clean bill of health next season, we may see him get more gametime and only then can we judge how he fares.