Moussa Dembele could be on the move this summer, putting interested clubs Chelsea and Manchester United on red alert.
The two Premier League sides were linked with Lyon forward Dembele last summer, and again in the January transfer window, though he remained in France where he has scored 19 goals this season.
But the former Fulham academy player may return to England at the end of the season as Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has admitted selling players is what the Ligue 1 club do.
“We sell the players who want to leave to where they want to go,” said Aulas amid rumours of Dembele’s £60million switch to the Premier League.
Dembele, 23, has scored 39 goals for Lyon since joining from Celtic in 2018, after spending two successful years in Scotland during which time he netted on 51 occasions and won six trophies.
A move back to England four years after leaving Fulham appears to be on the cards and has been expected for a long while, with Chelsea and Man United two of the most interested clubs.
Frank Lampard, the Blues boss, wants to add a new centre-forward to compete with Tammy Abraham this summer after failing to bring a striker to Stamford Bridge last month, with neither Michy Batshuayi nor Olivier Giroud expected to enjoy long-term futures with the club.
Moussa Dembele’s superb record
Dembele has been a consistent goalscorer since his breakthrough season, and you can check out his stats, below…
- 2015/16 (Fulham) – 43 appearances / 15 goals / seven assists
- 2016/17 (Celtic) – 49 appearances / 32 goals / nine assists
- 2017/18 (Celtic) – 39 appearances / 16 goals / nine assists
- 2018/19 (Celtic/Lyon) – 52 appearances / 23 goals / six assists
- 2019/20 (Lyon) – 36 appearances / 19 goals / six assists
The Red Devils are also on the lookout for an attacking recruit who can represent Man United on a long-term basis, as they brought Odion Ighalo in on loan during the January transfer window though he will only remain at Old Trafford until the end of the season.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer initially wanted to sign Erling Haaland but missed out on Man United’s top target as he opted to instead join Borussia Dortmund. The club’s need for a new striker was brought around by their decision to sell Romelu Lukaku to Inter last summer without bringing in a replacement at the same time.