Barcelona - Liverpool deal could be dead after cut-price alternative found

A high-profile deal touted between Barcelona and Liverpool for Luis Diaz could be well and truly off after the Catalonians found a cut-price alternative.

Sport reiterates that Barcelona are in the market for Luis Diaz and would love to sign the Colombian this summer. He’s not the only high-profile winger they like, either, as Athletic Bilbao’s Nico Williams is also on their radar.

However, Barcelona’s much-publicised financial woes appear set to prevent them from signing either. They simply don't have the financial freedom to get them done, which rules out a transfer unless they can pull off a major sale.

And so Barca are looking at alternatives and appear to have found one. They like Borussia Dortmund's Jamie Bynoe-Gittens, an England Under-21 international with a very bright future.

Bynoe-Gittens is just 19 but has quite a bit of experience with Dortmund now. Barcelona will hope to snap him up before his price jumps any higher - which could be as soon as next season.

Luis Diaz to stay?

Luis Diaz could now remain at Liverpool. It's certainly looking that way, despite talk around a month ago that the Reds saw a legitimate chance that he could leave.

It will always be difficult for Barcelona to sign him, given their restraints. The only other possible deal could be with Paris Saint-Germain, who require a left-winger to replace Kylian Mbappé.

But Liverpool's interest in Aaron Gordon makes things a little interesting. It's hard to believe they'd even consider spending a large amount of money on a left-winger unless someone was leaving, and Diaz is certainly the most likely to leave.

Perhaps that suggests that there's more going on here? As things stand, though, Diaz will remain with Liverpool and quite a lot has to change before he's heading anywhere.

Not that any Liverpool fan would complain. Diaz under Arne Slot will hopefully be a sight to behold - a fresh start for a wonderfully talented player.

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