Jurgen Klopp in a battle to sign Ousmane Dembele as new favourite emerges

Newcastle United have emerged as shock favourites to grab the signature of Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele, a player Klopp is an admirer of.

Newcastle United have emerged as shock contenders to land French star Ousmane Dembele.

The French international cost Barcelona more than £100m when they snapped him up in 2017 from Borussia Dortmund.

His contract is now due to expire next summer, and Newcastle appear to now be in the mix for a player who is already earning in excess of £200,000-a-week.

The likes of Liverpool, whose boss Jurgen Klopp, is a big fan of the player, are interested in his services alongside German giants Bayern Munich.

However, most of Europe's elite are believed to be keen on signing the player on a free transfer should he leave Barcelona at the end of the season.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp during the Premier League match at Brentford Community Stadium, London

But the most surprising candidates are actually the favourites, in the shape of Newcastle. Betfair list The Magpies - who are now the richest club in world football following their recent takeover led by Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund - as the front-runners at 5/2.

2022 is likely to see some huge deals being done by Newcastle and Dembele could very well be one of those.

Liverpool are strong second favourites for Dembele at 5/1 while the likes of Manchester City (9/1), Bayern Munich (12/1) and Manchester United also fancied.

Ousmane Dembele to sign for before the end of Summer Transfer Window 2022:

Newcastle - 5/2

Liverpool - 5/1

Man City - 9/1

Bayern Munich - 12/1

Man Utd - 16/1

Chelsea - 16/1

Arsenal - 25/1

PSG - 25/1

Real Madrid - 33/1

To stay in Barcelona - 11/10

Ousmane Dembele to sign for before February 3:

Dembele Barcelona 2021

Newcastle - 6/1

Liverpool - 10/1

Man City - 16/1

Bayern Munich - 20/1

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