Juventus serious over loan deal for man Liverpool want as Werner alternative

Date published: Wednesday 3rd June 2020 1:32

Juventus are interested in taking Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele on loan ahead of the 2020-21 season, claims a report in Spain.

Marca recently claimed “the Frenchman is one of the transferable footballers on the squad” and the Spanish publication say Barca will take a cut-price €60m for the troublesome Frenchman – a loss of  €80m on the player.

Barca apparently have doubts over the player’s physical and mental state, while the source states that he was the only one who did not connect to the video conference that coach Quique Setien organised on April 14.

All the indications are that Barca are trying to offload the 23-year-old and Mundo Deportivo report the Serie A giants are interested in a season-long loan move due to his recent playing record.

Barcelona are said to be open to a loan, but Quique Setien’s side want to include a purchase clause option, if they continue to pay his wages.

It means Liverpool will have to accelerate their interest if Jurgen Klopp is serious about the former Borussia Dormund forward.

Don Balon claimed Liverpool were suitors for the winger in October and TEAMtalk exclusively revealed in June 2019 that Barcelona intermediaries told Liverpool that Dembele would be made available last summer, and that Anfield was, in fact, one of his preferred destinations.

More recently, only last week the The Sun (who cited Mundo Deportivo) reported that the Frenchman had become Liverpool’s “top back-up option” should the Timo Werner deal not materialise.

The Reds are apparently not keen on paying Werner’s £50million release clause and are “now no longer willing to pay more than £30million for him due to the financial constraints caused by the coronavirus crisis”.

A loan might be a more attractive financial proposition to Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards, despite Dembele’s bad injuries, and unfortunate run-ins with the press who have questioned his desire and work-rate.

Dembele is approaching fitness after surgery on “a ruptured tendon in his proximal hamstring in his right thigh” in Finland in February, but is aiming to be fit for pre-season.

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