Manchester United Join Dembele Race
Manchester United have joined a queue of clubs keeping tabs on the Celtic striker Moussa Dembele.
The 20-year-old has been a goalscoring sensation since he moved to Fulham last summer on payment of a £500,000 compensation fee. His contract had expired at Craven Cottage.
Dembele has scored 32 goals in 45 games for Celtic so far this season. A slew of scouts from Premier League clubs travelled to Glasgow last Sunday for the Old Firm game between Celtic and Rangers. But Dembele put in a lacklustre performance as the Hoops drew 1-1 thanks to a late equaliser by Rangers’ Clint Hill. It was only the second Scottish Premiership game in which Celtic had dropped points all season and they remain undefeated in the league.
According to The Independent, Manchester United and Chelsea lead the way in the race for Dembele. Rumours in January of a transfer bid from the west London club led to a public denial from coach Antonio Conte.
United have already been linked with Dembele. Reports late last month claimed they were already keeping tabs on the France under-21 international.
But news of United’s interest comes as they face disappointment in their pursuit of the Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann. The Frenchman was United’s number one transfer target this summer, but the 25-year-old insisted last weekend that he was staying with Atletico. The message got back to United earlier this month and reports now claim that they have ‘deprioritised’ Griezmann as a transfer target and have begun to look elsewhere. Hence the interest in Dembele.
The youngster’s goalscoring exploits have brought him to the attention of a number of clubs other than United and Chelsea. Arsenal and Bayern Munich are also reported to be monitoring his situation with Celtic.
But the Scottish champions-elect are likely to put a price tag of £30million on their prize asset. An eventual transfer is likely to take place at a somewhat lower fee; however, the successful club are likely to have to shell out around £20million for Dembele.