Journalist Pete O’Rourke has revealed he believes Liverpool will lose out on the race to sign Barcelona star winger Ousmane Dembele to Premier League rivals Chelsea in the summer transfer window, writes the TIF.
Liverpool started their business in the summer transfer window well, signing Fulham youngster Fabio Carvalho but now look set to lose their star winger Sadio Mane to Bayern Munich before the window closes, and could come second in the race to sign his replacement Dembele to rivals Chelsea as both teams look to rebuild their squads.
The Reds have been linked with a move for the French international after they failed to beat Real Madrid in the Champions League final and amid the speculation over the futures of Mane and Salah, with the latter deciding to stay on for another season and leave for a free next summer.
O’Rourke spoke about the potential signing on Touchline Talk, but revealed he believes it is more likely Dembele ends up in Chelsea colours under his former boss at Borussia Dortmund, Thomas Tuchel, rather than joining Jurgen Klopp’s side.
He said: “I’d love to see Ousmane Dembele here, he’s such an exciting player and he’s still young, he’s 25. He definitely hasn’t been able to hit the heights we would have loved to have seen from him at Barca. It was a big transfer from him from Dortmund and it just hasn’t paid off, but there’s still life there, still a lot of drive. Personally, I think it’s more likely Chelsea than Liverpool.”