As reported long term admirers of Moussa Dembele, Manchester United may want to take interest in Lyon’s new stance.
Speaking after the club’s Champions League semi-final defeat, sporting director Juninho admitted Dembele’s sale was likely.
He told RMC Sport reported, quote L’Equipe: “We will come back very quickly. There will be departures, Moussa (Dembélé), but I’m not worried. The goal is to return to the Champions League next year.”
Long term interest in Dembele
United’s interest in Moussa Dembele pre-dates Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s appointment as manager.
Sky Sports reported back in 2015 that United were keen on Dembele while he was at Fulham.
Even a year later United were said to have scouted Dembele at Celtic, The Sun reported.
In 2019 The Sun also reported United were eyeing a £40 million move for Dembele, but Lyon were not willing to sell him after just one season.
The same outlet reported United’s interest as recently as March, with Dembele’s price quoted at £60 million.
Where does he fit in now?
Dembele remains a very tempting signing for United, but he will not come cheap, with Lille’s expensive sale of Victor Osimhen to Napoli setting a high bar.
The striker is expendable to Lyon as he did not start the Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich with Memphis Depay preferred.
Dembele showed his credentials in the quarter-final as he scored two crucial goals to dump Manchester City out of the competition.
Dembele would not be guaranteed a starting spot at Manchester United, but he would provide quality competition which is needed. His ability to impact games from the bench as seen against City is a trait Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should appreciate.
He recently turned 24-years-old and has scored goals at every level he has played, hitting double figures in the Championship with Fulham in his final year, netting 51 goals in two seasons for Celtic, and a further 44 in two seasons at Lyon.
This past year he scored 24 goals in all competitions for Lyon in 46 games, a similar strike rate to Anthony Martial’s 23 games in 47 matches.
Dembele would guarantee goals for United, but the issue is one over price.
Lyon would be selling with a view to getting a high fee of around the £60 million previously suggested.
United’s transfer budget remains unclear, and it is questionable whether the club plan to commit this much towards a striker.
Deciding not to do so would be a shame bceause Dembele can give United the strength in depth up front we really need.
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