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Liverpool eye up £212k-p/w star as Mane replacement; his value has dropped £63m in 2 years

Transfer Tavern logo Transfer Tavern 17/04/2021 Henry Jackson
a crowd of people watching a football game: Ousmane Dembele (4) © Provided by Transfer Tavern Ousmane Dembele (4)

Liverpool are reportedly interested in signing Barcelona star Ousmane Dembele this summer, seeing him as an ideal replacement for Sadio Mane.

Jurgen Klopp is expected to be on the lookout for new signings, following a tough season that has seen a number of individuals struggle.

Mane is right near the top of that list, with the 29-year-old a shadow of the player who arguably stood out as Liverpool’s star performer last time around.

The Senegalese has only scored 12 goals in the whole of 2020/21, in all competitions, with just one coming in the Premier League this calendar year.

Liverpool eye Dembele as Mane replacement

According to Fichajes, Liverpool see Dembele as a strong alternative to Mane, with the £212,000-a-week forward once valued at £108million by Transfermarkt in 2019, and now all the way down at £45m.

The Frenchman’s current Barcelona deal expires at the end of next season, meaning the La Liga could be keen to cash in on him this summer, and the Reds have been linked with him on several occasions in the past.

Transfer Tavern take

Dembele is clearly a hugely talented player, but there are still question marks over his consistency and attitude, having only scored 29 goals for Barca since arriving from Borussia Dortmund in 2017.

He has been in trouble with Barcelona for showing up late to training as well as a reported ‘gaming addiction‘.

On top of that, it would be reckless to write Mane off at this stage in his career, considering he is still only 29 and could simply be going through a rough patch.

The hope is that a break at the end of the campaign will allow Liverpool’s No.10 to recharge both physically and mentally, and we feel it would be foolish to replace a player who has had one sub-par season with a player who has had several.

In other news, a number of Liverpool fans want one Reds forward to leave this summer. Find out who it is here.

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