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Rumour Mongering: Liverpool Told to Pay €60M for Ousmane Dembele

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The Catalans have told the Reds that Dembele can be had for €60M. We doubt the Reds are interested.

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Nobody with connections to the club expects Liverpool to spend big, but that won’t stop the stories coming about how they might end up doing just that, with the rumour mongers as well as some agents and selling clubs always eager to drop them into the mix.

Today, that means we’ve got Ousmane Dembele, a once and probably now forever linked-Liverpool target, being trotted out. Because, it’s said, Barcelona have informed Liverpool that they can have him for the low price of €60M. Or about one Timo Werner.

The story has bubbled up out of Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona’s daily focusing on the world of sports, and is now being passed around by the English rumour mongers, all painting it as a case of the Catalan club trying to tempt Liverpool into snapping up Dembele.

Whether it’s being made up out of whole cloth or whether it’s a simple case of Barcelona or Dembele’s agent wanting to make it look like the Reds might be up for buying the player, we’re quite comfortable saying that this isn’t a story that’s founded in any truth.

If Liverpool had wanted to spend like that, they’d have completed the Timo Werner deal given he was for at least a year their top attacking transfer target and that by all accounts the Reds were Werner’s top choice destination—ahead even perhaps of Barcelona.

Liverpool may bring in new signings this summer if an exceptional bargain presents itself—perhaps with relegated or mid-table club desperate to sell in a market with few potential buyers—but a big deal like Ousmane Dembele simply isn’t going to happen.