Former England international John Barnes has encouraged Liverpool to pursue Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele who he prefers to Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho.
Barnes believes Dembele, who scored 11 goals and registered five assists across all competitions last season, would be a greater fit for the Reds after a disappointing campaign.
England sensation Sancho meanwhile enjoyed another stellar season with eight goals and 12 assists which has attracted attention from numerous clubs, including Manchester United.
Sancho is expected to leave Dortmund for an English side this summer after four impressive seasons at the club and a DFB-Pokal winners’ medal to cap things off.
Speaking to BettingOdds.com, Barnes said: “As far as Jadon Sancho is concerned, out of the clubs rumoured to be interested in him I’d say that Manchester United is probably the best destination for him.
“At Liverpool I’d prefer a much more direct player. Jadon is very skilful and very tricky, but I believe that Ousmane Dembele would suit Liverpool out of all the potentially available players in that position."
Dembele is part of Didier Deschamps’ 26-man France squad who are favourites to win the Euros this summer.
The winger has yet to renew his contact at Barcelona beyond 2022, though Liverpool have not expressed any formal interest in the Frenchman.
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“Any top player is going to be linked with the biggest clubs, whether that’s Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United, Real Madrid or Barcelona. So this whole idea of being linked with a club means nothing.
“Jadon Sancho is going to have to pick the club that suits his football best rather than the stature of the club. His teammate Erling Haaland has the same problem.
“Out of those clubs, then Manchester United will be best suited to Jadon Sancho. Are they interested? Does he want to go there? I don’t know.”
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