Liverpool will allegedly hope to tempt Barcelona’s injury-prone forward Ousmane Dembele to move to Merseyside with a £17 million signing-on fee.
The Frenchman continues to run down the final few months of his Blaugrana deal, with little progress made over a resolution for new terms.
New head coach Xavi has outlined his intention to keep the player on the books, even though the wide man was reportedly fined for turning up to the Spaniard’s first training late earlier this week.
The Reds have been tipped to move for the former Rennes and Borussia Dortmund ace amid uncertainty surrounding their key man Mohamed Salah’s future, and a Spanish outlet El Nacional states that the Premier League giants are prepared to dip into their war chest to bring Ousmane to Anfield.
Dembele would arrive for nothing assuming he refuses to sign a fresh deal with the La Liga giants, but Liverpool are said to be planning a €20 million (£17 million) signing-on sum should the speedy attacker make the move to England.
The 24-year-old Dembele has only played 25 minutes of football this campaign due to injury and has registered 30 goals and 21 assists in 119 matches for his team.