By London correspondent Tony Hughes
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Liverpool have joined the race to sign French forward sensation Ousmane Dembele, according to a report.
The £10million-rated Rennes wonderkid has emerged as one of the most highly-rated teenagers in Europe just months after being asked to pay his own expenses for a Tottenham trial.
He has subsequently made the breakthrough in Ligue 1 and is now being eyed by a number of leading European clubs, including Juventus and Bayern Munich as well as several Premier League big hitters.
Football website Get French Football has claimed that radio station RMC reported on Monday night that Liverpool are now closely monitoring Dembele.
It is said that a member of Liverpool’s scouting team was present at the Allianz Riviera stadium on Sunday to watch Dembele in action against Nice.
Playing predominantly on the wing, the 18-year-old has scored 12 goals and supplied five assists in 21 French division appearances since breaking into the first team this season and has made such an impact that he has been dubbed ‘the next Cristiano Ronaldo’.
Tottenham have also frequently scouted the teenager this season and are in the mix to sign him in the summer but they have growing reason to feel aggrieved at not striking a deal last summer.
The Londoners were in advanced talks with Rennes about a £1million deal for Dembele and asked the player to travel to the capital at his own expense for a one-week deal.
The terms were deemed unacceptable to both the striker and the French club and the move fell through.
In other Liverpool transfer news, summer target Piotr Zielinksi has admitted he has already held talks with Jurgen Klopp.