In a sign of just how badly the coronavirus pandemic is likely to affect the transfer fees that clubs can demand their footballers, one who cost the Blaugrana over €100m could now be available for just €42m.
World Cup winner, Ousmane Dembele, has flattered to deceive whilst at the Blaugrana, and aside from injuries has rarely shown the form that saw the Catalan giants pay their second-highest ever transfer fee in order to bring the attacker to Camp Nou.
However, there’s little doubt that when he’s in the mood, France international is devastatingly good. The Spanish club are now willing to let him leave for a paltry £39m, a loss of approximately £60m on the price they paid.
Comfortable with both feet and able to unsettle even the most consummate of defenders, his lightning-quick pace from a standing start is an asset that will be right at home in a team that likes to break at speed.
Liverpool’s previous interest cooled because of Ousmane’s reported £200,000 per week salary, but given the drop in a transfer fee, it’s entirely possible that the German manager will take another look at the situation.
At that sort of price, for a player that is still only 23 years of age and with no ceiling on how far he could go in the game, Reds shouldn’t be dilly-dallying.