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Reports: Celtic's Moussa Dembélé On The Radar Of A Number Of European Clubs

Reports: Celtic's Moussa Dembélé On The Radar Of A Number Of European Clubs

Celtic striker Moussa Dembélé is a target for a number of European clubs according to reports on the continent.

French outlet Le 10 Sport have claimed that the 22-year old's agent met with Borussia Dortmund officials in Germany earlier this week.

Ligue 1 sides Marseille and Lyon are also said to be interested in his services, with Schalke keeping an eye on proceedings as well.

Dembélé joined Celtic on a free transfer from Fulham in the summer of 2016.

It was claimed at the time that he rejected offers from a number of big clubs in order to move to Parkhead, with the guarantee of first team football and the chance to work with Brendan Rodgers the motivation for the move.

He immediately hit the ground running, notching 32 goals in a season where Celtic claimed domestic treble and reached the group stages of the Champions League. He was also nominated for the Puskas Award for this tremendous effort against St Johnstone.

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The Frenchman endured an injury plagued season last term, but still managed to find the back of the net on 16 occasions.

Speaking today at his press conference in the build up to the Europa League qualifier clash with FK Suduva, manager Brendan Rodgers had this to say about the rumours:

Moussa and his representatives were speaking to the club today. He’s not a player we want to lose. He’s a phenomenal talent. He’s not going to be here forever. Like a lot of the European boys, they develop at a great club and look to move on.

It is not known what sort of transfer fee Celtic could command for his services, but it had been rumoured that the club were prepared to let him move to Brighton in January for a fee of around £18 million.

With the Glasgow club eliminated from the Champions League qualifiers by AEK Athens, perhaps Dembélé feels now is the right time to move on.

While Rangers seem set to be more a challenger under Steven Gerrard's tutelage this season, the lack of elite European football may leave little incentive for him to stay at the club.

The transfer windows in Germany and France will remain open until August 31st, and it will be interesting to see how this plays out in the coming days.

 

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