Manchester United interested in signing Lyon striker Moussa Dembele

Manchester United are interested in signing Lyon striker Moussa Dembele before transfer deadline day, according to the MEN.

The Red Devils were also linked with a move for the former France Under-21 international during his time with Fulham and Celtic.

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The 26-year-old’s most recent links with a switch to Old Trafford came five months ago.

Dembele has a year left on his contract with the Ligue 1 giants and with no European football being played at the Stade Gerland this season after an eighth-place finish last time out, Lyon will want to recoup a transfer fee instead of losing the marksman on a free transfer next summer.

Manchester United interested in signing Lyon striker Moussa Dembele

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The report from the MEN states that Manchester United remain in contact with Dembele’s representatives.

The report added: “Lyon recruitment manager Bruno Cheyrou has already offered an ultimatum to players in their final year at the club, telling those soon to be out-of-contract players that they must agree to new terms or risk being sold this summer.”

Lyon’s number nine scored 22 goals across all competitions last season, 21 of which came in Ligue 1.

Only Wissam Ben Yedder (25) and Kylian Mbappe (28) scored more than the Frenchman.

But with returning hero Alexandre Lacazette looking like he’ll be Peter Bosz’s main man, Dembele may struggle for game time.

He missed Lyon’s Ligue 1 opener with a muscle injury. From 144 games for Lyon, Dembele has scored 67 goals and provided 18 assists.

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Dembele only made two Premier League appearances during his time with Fulham, but he scored 15 goals for the Cottagers during the 2015-16 Championship campaign before joining Celtic.

Dembele won eight trophies during his two full seasons with the Hoops, scoring 51 goals and laying on 25 assists from 94 matches under Brendan Rodgers at Celtic Park.

He finished the 2020-21 season on loan at Atletico Madrid but failed to net in seven substitute appearances under Diego Simeone.

At the age of 26, Dembele is entering his peak years and has proven he can bang in the goals during his time with Fulham, Celtic and Lyon.

Erik ten Hag desperately needs attacking reinforcements and with the Frenchman having less than 12 months to run on his contract a move could be brokered with 16 days of the summer transfer window remaining.

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