6 May 2016

'New Ronaldo' Transfer? After formal approach, Liverpool can sign record-breaking attacker for €35m

Liverpool are reportedly considering a summer move for Rennes star Ousmane Dembele, but new reports this week suggest that the Reds will have to pay through the nose to sign the coveted attacker.

In mid-April, RMC Sport claimed:

"A senior Liverpool official has scouted Dembele several times over the last few weeks, and Jürgen Klopp is an admirer of the 18-year old".

Since then, Liverpool have reportedly made a 'formal approach', but it now appears that Rennes have now slapped an extortionate price tag on Dembele. According to RMC Sport:

"After refusing Dortmund's €15m offer, Rennes now want €35m for Dembele".

Some info about Dembele:

* 18-year old left-winger, who can also play on the right, or as an attacking midfielder. Current contract expires: 2018

* Rennes: 12 goals/5 assists in 24 games (One every 141 mins). Scored more times as an 18-year-old than anyone in Ligue 1 for over 25 years.

* Mar 2016: Barcelona sporting director Roberto Fernandez flew to Rennes to watch Dembele in action.

* Oct 2013: Dembele told reporters: "My main qualities are dribbling and speed. I have one role model, and that is Barcelona's Neymar".

* Feb 2016: Rennes sporting director Mikael Silvestre:“Ousmane reminds me of a young Ronaldo. I’m going to go out on a limb, but he could win the Ballon d’Or.”

* Feb 2016: Rennes coach Yannick Menu: “He [Dembele] has great fluidity to his game, great dribbling and technical qualities”.

* ESPN Scouting Report (Excerpt): "Lethal in the penalty area. Divine ball control anywhere on the field. Two-footed, which makes him unpredictable to defenders".

Barcelona and Bayern Munich are also tracking Dembele, and if it comes down a choice between those two European titans and Liverpool, there's probably only going to be one winner. In any event, €35m for a (comparatively) untested 18-year old is a joke, but it's infinitely more reasonable than the ludicrous £59m Monaco want for 20-year olf Thomas Lemar (another alleged Liverpool target).

Author: Jaimie K


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