Liverpool are set to shatter their transfer record to sign Ousmane Dembele from Barcelona, according to the Sun.

Barcelona are ready to withdraw Ousmane Dembele from the transfer market.

Barcelona are now prepared to give their out-of-favour forward a starring role in the absence of Ansu Fati.

The Frenchman has been overlooked in recent months, with Barcelona willing to let him leave, but with 17-year-old star-in-the-making Fati now facing four months on the sidelines with a meniscus injury, the club are set to turn to Dembele.

There are concerns at Barcelona that, despite his attacking threat and speed, he lacks the defensive abilities to be able to succeed in their team.

But Sport reports that Barcelona are now preparing to integrate Dembele back into the core of the team, bringing him in from the cold to be a regular starter under Ronald Koeman in the coming months.

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