Ousmane Dembele to stay at Barcelona

According to Spanish reports, the Frenchman is 'focused solely' on the Catalan club.
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Liverpool have been following Ousmane Dembele for what feels like years now. With only one year left on his existing contract and Barcelona's financial problems, it looked like the forward would depart this summer.

The Reds are reportedly one of the teams possibly interested in his signature (via TeamTalk).

Despite all this, it looks like the Frenchman will stay put in an interesting turn of events. According to El Mundo Deportivo, club president Joan Laporta has prioritised offering Dembele a new contract along with retaining Lionel Messi's services.

However, due to Barcelona's financial situation, the terms may be worse than his his current deal.

Dembele signed for the Catalan club back in 2017 for £121.5 million, then the second most expensive transfer in history. However, injuries have since prevented him from fulfilling his full potential, after 534 days on the sidelines.

Injuries has missed 85 games in his four seasons at Barcelona

Injuries has missed 85 games in his four seasons at Barcelona

Nevertheless, he has still recorded 29 goals and 21 assists in 111 appearances since arriving in Spain and is enjoying an impressive run of form. Three goals in his last four games, including a last gasp winner against Real Valladolid at the weekend, have reinvigorated Barcelona's title push.

Following that victory, manager Ronald Koeman stressed Dembele's importance to the club:

"I would like Dembele to stay, he is an important player for us. Today, he has shown that with his game and the goal. The key is that he has physically improved and has been able to play a lot of games in a row."

Still only 23 years old and already a World Cup winner, the Frenchman has the pace, dribbling and talent befitting an elite player. If freedom from injuries allows, Dembele may yet accomplish his frightening potential.