Checking in on reported United striker target Moussa Dembele
With Manchester United’s need to sign a striker this summer a clear priority, we figured it was time to check in on how reported target Moussa Dembele is getting on.
The last time we discussed Dembele was when teammate Memphis Depay suffered an ACL injury in mid-December.
At that point it was very clear Lyon would not sanction a January sale of Dembele, considering he and Depay were the only players for the club with more than three goals this season.
At that stage Erling Haaland was United’s priority target, and by comparison Dembele’s poor Champions League season made him look sub-par.
The Frenchman failed to score in six Champions League games, five starts, compared to Haaland who netted eight goals in six games, from four starts.
Kicking on in 2020
Dembele has started the new year in fantastic form for Lyon. He has stepped up when his club need him most.
In 2020 he has struck seven goals in his last 10 games, which included a span which included scoring in six games in a row.
He also has one assist, and netted in big games against Lille and PSG.
Dembele’s form has reignited a potential transfer chase for this coming summer.
While none have come in the Champions League, Dembele has 19 goals already this season and will fancy his chances of hitting the 30 goal mark by the end of the season.
Heavy competition means Dembele is yet to earn an international cap for France, and this means he may be a little easier to sign if there are no Euro 2020 complications, either inflating his price tag or delaying a move.
Dembele is only 23 and has a prolific record throughout his young career. He struck 19 goals for Fulham, 51 for Celtic, and now has 39 for Lyon after just one-and-a-half seasons.
What’s been said?
United’s name has also been brought up again in connection with Dembele this week.
The Daily Record report Lyon are open to allowing a certain number of their top stars leave this summer, and Dembele would cost around £60 million.
The report claims United are keen long term admirers of Dembele and believe he would be a success at Old Trafford.
Chelsea are also reported to be interested, and this is setting up as another transfer battle with the Blues, who are also competing with us to sign Jadon Sancho.
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