Liverpool make contact with Chelsea target over potential free agent switch

Reports over the weekend had suggested that Ousmane Dembele was close to signing for Chelsea when his contract with Barcelona runs out this summer, but now it seems as though Liverpool have entered the frame for the Frenchman.

Speaking to the media, the 25 year old’s agent, Moussa Sissoko, revealed that there was as of yet no agreement with any club.

‘His future remains open’ he revealed. ‘We are and have always been very respectful to all clubs. When it is the right time to make a decision, Ousmane will consider the best option for his future.’

But reports in Spain claimed that despite this, a move to Chelsea and a reunion with Thomas Tuchel, who coached the Frenchman during their time together at Borussia Dortmund, was on the cards.

Liverpool late movers?

Now, however, Liverpool may have just entered the race, according to Spanish outlet Sport.

The report claims that amid the uncertainty surrounding the futures of Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino this summer and Mo Salah next, Liverpool ‘believe that Dembélé is a good market opportunity’

Liverpool make contact with Chelsea target over potential free agent switch

SEVILLE, SPAIN – DECEMBER 21: Ousmane Dembélé of FC Barcelona in action during the LaLiga Santander match between Sevilla FC and FC Barcelona at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on December 21, 2021 in Seville, Spain. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

While Salah has confirmed that he will be at Liverpool next season, before potentially leaving on a free transfer when his contract runs out, Sadio Mane has been far less clear on the matter amid speculation linking him to Bayern Munich.

And, should he depart, there would be a gap in the squad for a World-Class forward, something that Dembele on his day undoubtedly is.

Whether the Reds could afford to make the move remains to be seen.

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# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 38 73 93
2 Liverpool FC 38 68 92
3 Chelsea FC 38 43 74
4 Tottenham Hotspur 38 29 71
5 Arsenal FC 38 13 69
6 Manchester United 38 0 58
7 West Ham United 38 9 56
8 Leicester City 38 3 52
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 38 -2 51
10 Wolverhampton Wanderers 38 -5 51
11 Newcastle United 38 -18 49
12 Crystal Palace 38 4 48
13 Brentford FC 38 -8 46
14 Aston Villa 38 -2 45
15 Southampton FC 38 -24 40
16 Everton FC 38 -23 39
17 Leeds United 38 -37 38
18 Burnley FC 38 -19 35
19 Watford FC 38 -43 23
20 Norwich City 38 -61 22
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 23
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 23
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 18
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur 17
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 16
De Bruyne, Kevin Manchester City 15
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 15
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 15
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace 14
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 13
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United 12
Maddison, James Leicester City 12
Toney, Ivan Brentford FC 12
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 11
Saka, Bukayo Arsenal FC 11
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 11
Richarlison Everton FC 11
Pukki, Teemu Norwich City 11
Raphinha Leeds United 11
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa 11

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