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Liverpool favourites to land Ousmane Dembele as Barcelona still owe money from Philippe Coutinho transfer

Frenchman moved to the Nou Camp from Borussia Dortmund last season for £138m, but has struggled due to injuries

LIVERPOOL are in pole position to land Ousmane Dembele from Barcelona this summer.

Recent reports in Catalonia have suggested the Frenchman, 21, could be made available after an injury-laden first campaign in Spain.


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Liverpool in pole position to sign Ousmane Dembele as Barcelona still owe Liverpool money from Philippe Coutinho transfer

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Liverpool in pole position to sign Ousmane Dembele as Barcelona still owe Liverpool money from Philippe Coutinho transfer

And, due to the fact they still owe Liverpool money from January’s Philippe Coutinho deal, that gives the Reds a significant advantage in the battle to sign Dembele.

After losing Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain in a world-record £198million move, Barcelona hastily sought a replacement and agreed a £138m deal with Borussia Dortmund for the France international.

However, after just three matches, he suffered a torn hamstring and spent the next four months on the sidelines.

Barcelona could be ready to sell Ousmane Dembele after his injury problems

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Barcelona could be ready to sell Ousmane Dembele after his injury problems

But, as soon as he returned, he suffered a recurrence of the problem and was sidelined for a further month.

He was then gradually integrated into the first team and his first goal arrived against Chelsea in the Champions League last-16 second leg — seven months after joining.

On top of his injury problems, there have been concerns over Dembele’s eating habits.

And the club even provided him with his own personal chef to stop him eating so much fast food.

Despite his difficult campaign, he was included in France’s 23-man squad for the World Cup.


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