Barcelona news: Liverpool transfer target Ousmane Dembele on ‘LAST CHANCE’ at Barca | Football | Sport
Dembele has fallen out of favour at the Camp Nou after suffering a number of injury problems.
Manager Ernesto Valverde has grown tired of the player’s poor attitude in recent weeks.
The winger was omitted from the Barcelona squad in the 4-3 shock home defeat to Real Betis on Sunday.
According to Eurosport, Dembele skipped training last week and failed to inform the club until an hour-and-a-half after he was due to arrive because his phone battery died.
Valverde recently said of his player: “I have not lost patience with him, he has a special talent and we have to help him.”
Gerard Pique also added: “We have to help him so that he realises that football is a 24 hour day job.”
Now according to Marca, Dembele is on his last chance at Barcelona, who have not given up on him just yet.
He joined the club for £135.5million in August 2017, making him the fourth most expensive player in the world.
If Barca were to sell him now, no club in the world would be prepared to match that price meaning they’d have to take a loss on the 21-year-old.
Liverpool have been linked with an £85m January move for Dembele, as Klopp considers bolstering his attack in a bid to land the Premier League title.
The Sun reckon he is on Klopp’s radar, although a section of the Reds’ fanbase has voiced their concern over a move for another attacker.
France manager Didier Deschamps, meanwhile, has selected him for upcoming matches with Netherlands and Uruguay but insisted his attitude must improve.
“I haven’t talk with the staff of Barcelona because I don’t interfere in the daily business of clubs,” he said in his press conference.
“It’s their responsibility and it’s up to them to manage their players, on and off the field.
“Ousmane has been with us for a while. That’s his usual trick to be late, but in his defence, I’m sure he’ll say: ‘I’m not the only one.’
“Whether at a big club like Barcelona, in the French national team or elsewhere, he has to pay attention to that.
“It’s part of the life and requirements of a professional footballer.
“He must improve to prevent it from becoming negative. These are situations that can be repeated. The sooner he understands that, the better for everyone.”