BARCELONA ace Ousmane Dembele is open to the idea of joining Liverpool, it has been claimed.
According to Don Balon, who are renowned for making outlandish transfer claims, Liverpool have identified Dembele as a potential replacement for Real Madrid target Mohamed Salah.
The Spanish publication claim Anfield chiefs are ready to offer £70m (€80m) to seal a deal for the France international if the worst happens and they lose Salah to Real Madrid.
Dembele has reportedly been seduced by Liverpool’s offer but a transfer rival is on the scene.
Don Balon say Bayern Munich are willing to match the Reds’ proposal and a move to the Bundesliga champions is also said to appeal.
Dembele joined Barcelona from Borussia Dortmund last summer for a fee that could reach €147m but he has failed to impress.
The 20-year-old has chipped in with just two goals and eight assists in an injury-hit campaign and question marks are already being raised about his future.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp sparked speculation about swooping for Dembele earlier this month.
The German said: “He’s on the market? Now I’m interested.”
Dembele previously rejected a move to Liverpool in 2016 when he quit Rennes for Dortmund.
Explaining the snub, he said: “I saw Klopp in Paris but I told him I’d made up my mind to sign for BVB.”
Barcelona are expected to sign Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid in the summer which Don Balon suggest would further throw Dembele’s future into doubt.
However, Nou Camp president Josep Maria Bartomeu has insisted Dembele is not leaving.
“The option of selling him is not on the table,” Bartomeu said.
“We are finishing the season and then there will be meetings. He’s an investment for the future. He is very young and we expect a lot from him.”