Liverpool transfer news: Ousmane Dembele deal held up by Barcelona due to clause
Dembele experienced mixed fortunes after joining Barcelona from Borussia Dortmund last summer and has been tipped to leave the Nou Camp this year.
Liverpool has emerged as a possible destination for the fleet-footed winger with Jurgen Klopp looking to expand his Champions League-chasing squad.
Reports indicate talks over a potential loan are underway between the clubs after Barcelona reached out to Liverpool.
However, the chances of an agreement being struck are limited unless a compromise about a permanent future move can be reached.
According to Italian outlet Tutto Mercato Web, Liverpool are insistent they should have the right to buy Dembele after an initial loan spell.
But Barcelona are determined not to make a large loss on the 21-year-old, who they paid an initial £95m for.
Barcelona would therefore rather loan Dembele without Liverpool having the opportunity to sign him outright.
The Spanish giants could apparently be tempted to agree such a deal if Liverpool are willing to cough up big-money though.
Tutto Mercato Web indicate Barcelona’s willingness to move Dembele on, albeit temporarily, is driven by Antoine Griezmann’s impending arrival at the Nou Camp.
The forward, who scored twice as Atletico Madrid won the Europa League on Wednesday night, has an £87m (€100m) release clause.
And Barcelona are expected to activate it as soon as the La Liga transfer window opens this summer.
Former Atletico striker Diego Forlan claimed last week that his old side have no right to be annoyed by Barcelona targeting Griezmann.
“I understand these situations. I’ve lived through them,” he said.
“When I left Uruguay to play abroad, it was to earn more money, first in Argentina, then in England. That happens as you improve as a player.
“The same with Griezmann – if we say that people are angry with a player we are forgetting the moment when we bought him from Real Sociedad, just the same as what Barcelona want to do today.
“If you do it yourself, you cannot complain when somebody else does. If a player wants to leave, he will leave, we must respect that he is a professional.
“I wonder if any fans who are complaining about Griezmann would turn down the offer of much higher wages in their own jobs.”