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Liverpool Prepping £20 Million January Bid For Celtic 20-Year-Old

Liverpool Prepping £20 Million January Bid For Celtic 20-Year-Old

Just five months into his Celtic career and Moussa Dembele has given Celtic fans sufficient memories to ensure his time at the club will be long remembered.

His first Old Firm game saw him score a hat-trick in a 5-0 win. In his second game against the blue half of Glasgow, he bagged a late winner in the League Cup semi-final. He also grabbed a brace in a pulsating 3-3 draw with Man City at Parkhead.

Dembele joined Celtic for around £500,000 during the summer from Fulham. He has proved to be a bargain - one which has hit the net 17 times this season.

His ability in front of goal was always going to attract attention from other major clubs.

According to Glasgow Live, Dembele has roused the interest of Jurgen Klopp. The Liverpool manager has sent scouts to watch the 20-year-old five times and is ready to make an offer for the French striker in January.

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The fee would initially be £10 million, possibly rising to £20 million with add-ons. Dembele's wages could see a significant, four-fold increase from £15,000 a week to £60,000.

The player turned down opportunities to join Premier League clubs during the summer, joining Celtic for guaranteed first team football and, importantly, Champions League football.

Celtic would likely hope to hold on to Dembele until at least the summer. A possible £20 million profit in January, on a player who only joined during the summer, would be significant. But given how far his star has risen in his time at the club, Celtic would be right to think his price could increase even further following another season at Parkhead.

Celtic also have the important bargaining chip of the player having signed a four-year deal.

PJ Browne
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