Barcelona signed Ousmane Dembele from Borussia Dortmund last summer and he was expected to replace Neymar, who left Camp Nou for Paris Saint-Germian for a world-record fee of €222 million in that same transfer window.
Instead, the France international has struggled in his debut season for the Catalan club. He’s started only nine La Liga games and has scored one goal in the process, but has six assists to his name.
Dembele struggled with injuries as he spent the majority of time on the sidelines between September and February. This has been the major reason why he he’s struggled to impress for Ernesto Valverde’s side.
According to the Spanish newspaper Marca, there has been “no consensus” when it comes to a decision on Dembele’s future at Barcelona. There is a division at the club and one section believes it would be best to let the former Bundesliga star leave in the summer transfer window.
Another section believes it will not be a wise decision to allow Dembele leave without seeing him play regularly at Barcelona.
SFR Sport earlier reported Liverpool are interested in signing Dembele on loan, with an option in signing him on a permanent transfer after the end of the loan deal.
Liverpool suffered a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Chelsea in the last league tie. After the match, the Reds manager Jurgen Klopp was asked about a few players linked with a move to Anfield.
One of them was Dembele. When asked if Liverpool would be interested in landing the Barcelona attacker, Klopp said, “Is he on the market? Now I’m interested.” Marca’s report could potentially come as a great news for the Merseyside club in any efforts to sign the La Liga winners’ forward.