FC Barcelona superstar Ousmane Dembele reportedly has a €50m (£42m) release clause in his new contract with the club following a summer of Liverpool being linked with the French international. According to L’Equipe, the 25-year-old winger’s new deal with Barcelona includes a release clause that will become active next year in the summer transfer window worth £42m, with Liverpool reportedly interested in signing Dembele at the end of last season when his previous contract with the Catalan giants expired.

Dembele’s form has never been better with Barcelona after years of inconsistency and injuries, with the winger this season bagging two goals and four assists in all competitions as Xavi Hernandez has awarded the attacker a starring role this campaign despite the signing of Raphinha. The 2018 FIFA World Cup winner signed for Barcelona five years ago for a reported £135m as a replacement for Neymar, and this year has seen Dembele finally come into his own under Xavi, who has managed to get the best out of the former Borussia Dortmund wonderkid at the Camp Nou.

However, whilst Dembele’s form has been sensational, news of a £42m release clause could peak the interest of Liverpool given how cheap this fee is compared to the attacker’s form, with the Reds potentially in the market for a long-term replacement for Mohamed Salah. Whilst the Egyptian winger has signed a new deal with Liverpool, Salah’s form this season could hint that the attacker is fading away from his phenomenal peak, and Dembele at £42m could be a great addition for the Reds and a perfect player for Jurgen Klopp heading into this new era at Anfield.

Dembele’s form in 2022 has been nothing short of spectacular, with Xavi working the system around the Frenchman’s qualities and in doing so getting out some incredible results, yet for Liverpool, news of the winger’s release clause and it’s valuation will no doubt excite the Reds and other rival clubs.