Ousmane Dembele to Liverpool transfer latest as Barcelona prepare to sell

Barcelona are reportedly ready to sell Ousmnane Dembele this summer though Liverpool should not make their move for him.

That’s the view of European football expert Guillem Balague with the Reds having been strongly linked with the forward in recent months.

Dembele has played just 51 games for Barcelona since leaving Borussia Dortmund in 2017, scoring just 12 La Liga goals in that time.

The French forward has struggled with injury during his time at the Nou Camp and could be the centre of plenty of transfer interest this summer.

However Balague claims that Liverpool are not the team for him, though expects Dembele to depart.

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Balague said: "Dembele needs to go back to his level, injuries have been very serious, very, very often. He is on his third season at Barcelona I think and the stats are not fantastic.

"There were question marks about his ability to adapt to Barcelona and to be professional, and those question marks remain even though he has improved a lot on nutrition and everything else.

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"He isn't a player for Liverpool but Barcelona will be open for offers in the summer."

Dembele is expected to be sidelined through the summer having suffered a hamstring injury.

The injury meant Barcelona side were permitted to sign an emergency replacement, in a controversial decision, with Martin Braithwaite joining for £15m.

New Barca boss Quique Setien opened up on Dembele’s future, saying: "With Dembele, we have not yet spoken.

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"Like most, he has things he can improve on. You have to keep in mind that they are still young kids.

“Their dedication, from what I have seen, is total and absolute. I have tears when I see the capacity and intensity in which he works."

Barcelona return to action on Sunday as they head to Madrid for an El Clasico clash against La Liga title rivals Real Madrid.

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