Liverpool in for £85m Ousmane Dembele… .
JURGEN KLOPP is ready to splash a club-record £85million in January on Barcelona rebel Ousmane Dembele.
The Liverpool boss wants the France winger, 21, to boost his team’s Premier League title risks in the second 50% of the season.
And he is prepared to break the transfer record AGAIN — beating the £75m spent on Virgil van Dijk – to rescue Dembele after a frustrating first year at the Nou Camp.
Barca boss Ernesto Valverde dropped Dembele from his matchday squad to face Real Betis at the end of the week subsequent to missing preparing with a « stomach bug ».
France coach Didier Deschamps has also revealed he is among the players with a propensity for turning up late to prepare.
Be that as it may, Dembele’s specialist, Moussa Sissoko, has protected the ex-Borussia Dortmund youngster and says his client wants to stay.
But Klopp looks set to test Barca’s resolve for the player they bought from Bundesliga for £135.5million toward the beginning of last season.
He has a healthy return of six goals and two assists this season but center has been around his order after a fast ascent to the best.
Klopp said: “Is he on the market? Presently I’m intrigued. »
He fits the bill for Klopp and Kop sporting director Michael Edwards searching for a wide forward.
Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane led Klopp’s team to the Champions League final last season and they remain unbeaten this season in the Premier League — and Dembele could give them an edge in the second 50% of the season.
Klopp has spent £177m this year on the likes of van Dijk, Alisson and Naby Keita however is quick to include more capability.