Liverpool open preliminary talks to sign Dembele on loan – report

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Liverpool have reportedly opened talks with Barcelona to discuss the transfer of Ousmane Dembele on a loan-to-buy agreement.

That’s according to Football Insider, who state the Reds have upped their interest in the Frenchman after missing out on Timo Werner.

With reports of the coronavirus pandemic having an impact on the finances of even the biggest football clubs, a loan deal would make sense.

Dembele’s talent is obvious, but he hasn’t been the Neymar replacement the Catalans were obviously looking for, and now they’re seemingly ready to move him on.

For Liverpool, the Frenchman could be a fantastic addition – with Divock Origi already in the squad, there is potential for some superb rotation.

Dembele coming into the fold on a long-term basis would be good, if one of Sadio Mane or Mohamed Salah were to leave the club, but that doesn’t seem to be on the horizon so a loan deal may suit all parties.

With that in mind, we’re still yet to see the best of Takumi Minamino after he signed a four-and-a-half year deal just six months ago (as per the Independent).

We aren’t exactly lacking in bodies on the wings at the moment. Take this one with a heap of salt, Reds.

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