Liverpool are the strong favourites to sign Barcelona wide man Ousmane Dembele this summer. According to recent reports, the Reds are plotting a move for the French youngster during this summer transfer period with the Catalans willing to let him leave on loan if they can successfully sign Antonio Griezmann in the coming months.
The 20-year-old speedster joined Barcelona from Borussia Dortmund last summer but his career at the Nou Camp has been plagued with injuries so far. He has not been able to settle himself in Catalunya so a temporary loan switch looks set to be on the cards. According to some United Kingdom bookmakers, the Merseyside club are the favourites to secure the services of the French ace this summer. However, Arsenal are also being touted to make a move for the La Liga ace and are currently priced at 8/1 behind Liverpool, who are leading the betting market at 9/4.
The French youngster has played a full match on just two occasions during the course of last season with most of his appearances for Barca coming off the bench. Dembele was out of action after sustaining a serious muscle injury back in September last year which had sidelined him for four months. Dembele has fallen down the Barca pecking order with talented playmakers such as Phillipe Coutinho and Paco Alcacer being preferred to start in Ernesto Valverde’s first-team. Hence, the Frenchman could benefit from a loan move away from the Nou Camp in search of more first-team opportunities.
The Merseyside giants are in need of a few quality additions in the summer if they are to compete on all fronts next season. The addition of Dembele will undoubtedly bolster Klopp’s attacking options at Anfield and help them challenge for major trophies once again in the upcoming campaign.
Liverpool have a whole host of talented wingers such as Mohamed Salah, Adam Lallana, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain vying for a place in Klopp’s starting XI. The potential acquisition of Dembele will definitely add more competition for places within the Reds squad and improve their team significantly going into the new season.
Dembele had featured in 24 matches for Barca last season, scoring 4 goals while creating 9 assists in all competitions. At the mere age of 21, the Frenchman still has a lot of time to develop his game and fulfil his true potential in the next few years. It remains to be seen what lies ahead in the future of Dembele and whether the Merseyside outfit are able to capture his signature this summer.