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Ousmane Dembele is being linked with a move away from Barcelona..

Barcelona single out Liverpool as the likely move for Ousmane Dembele - with one problem

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Ousmane Dembele's situation at Barcelona is certainly a complicated one - and that's the last thing they hoped for when he was signed a year ago.

Dembele was supposed to fill the void left by Neymar after the Brazilian's move to Paris Saint-Germain, especially after a move for Philippe Coutinho failed to materialise right away.

A deal for a potential £130m was agreed with Borussia Dortmund and Barca thought they had found the answer to their wing for the next decade.

Instead, Dembele wasn't even included in the squad for the weekend's game with Real Betis and his position at the club looks increasingly precarious.

Barca signed Malcom from Bordeaux in the summer and the 21-year-old was given his first start for the club against Betis.

If he takes his chance in the first-team, Dembele could find it increasingly difficult to force his way back into the side - if Barca even want him to.

That's the decision the Catalonian's need to make and according to a recent report, they have a very good reason for leaning towards a sale.

The Daily Mail claims that Barcelona have singled out Liverpool as the most likely destination for Dembele if they do decide to sell.

That decision would be based around the bonuses originally negotiated in the Frenchman's fee - the original £96m was paid, as has £26m in add-ons, but the remaining money would be written off if he were sold.

Dembele is in a complicated situation at Camp Nou.

But that leaves one big problem: Barcelona don't see Liverpool as a club who would pay close to the £96m they'd want in order to 'save face'.

And that leaves La Liga's champions with a choice: sell Dembele to Liverpool at a reduced fee and cut their losses, or persist with the 21-year-old in the hope that his full fee will one day be worth it.

Right now, it feels like this one could go either way.

Topics:
Football
Malcom Silva de Oliveira
Ousmane Dembele
Borussia Dortmund
Philippe Coutinho
La Liga
Premier League
Liverpool

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