Should Moussa Dembele’s impressive start to the season convince Manchester United to renew interest?
Sky Sports linked Dembele with a move to United in the summer as a potential replacement for Romelu Lukaku. The Sun suggested United were planning a £40 million move, but after just one season in France, Lyon were unwilling to sell.
If he keeps scoring for Lyon then Solskjaer could be forced to revisit interest next summer or possibly sooner.
There were times against Leicester City last Saturday, when Manchester United were coming under the cosh, that a long ball up to Marcus Rashford was seen as a viable option.
Rashford doesn’t have the presence to be a target man and it is an area that Solskjaer may have to fix come January if United’s goal-scoring threat doesn’t improve.
With Solskjaer keen to sign young talented players, Dembele certainly ticks those boxes and with his eye for goal and physical presence, Dembele could bring some much needed firepower.
Although Rashford and Anthony Martial have scored goals this season, Dembele is a natural powerful number nine that could bully opposition defences and create space for Solskjaer’s devastating speedsters.
The former Celtic man showed his predator penalty box prowess in Lyon’s 2-2 draw against Amiens last Friday, as he did well to adjust in mid air and stuck a flying volley away to give his side a 2-1 lead.
He scored Lyon’s other goal on the night and has started this season on fire with 5 goals in 4 league appearances. He is averaging a goal every 67 minutes.
Is he ready for a big move?
Dembele has appeared in the Premier League before, albeit briefly, making two appearances for Fulham in the 2013-14 season.
The 23-year-old went on to become Celtic’s key man, scoring 51 goals in 94 appearances, which included an Old Firm hat-trick, before moving to Lyon for just short of £30m in August 2018.
The Frenchman hasn’t been fazed by the step up in class in France, netting 15 goals in Ligue 1 last season and 20 in all competitions.
He has now played 50 times for Lyon and scored 25 goals, a very impressive return, which could grab the attention of some of the biggest teams on the continent.
Only Kylian Mbappe has scored more Ligue 1 goals (21) than Dembele’s 15 in 2019.
The young striker will be hoping that his rich vein of form grabs the attention of France manager Didier Deschamps ahead of next years European Championships. Dembele is yet to make his senior national team debut. However, at Under-21 level he maintained his impressive goal ratio, with 13 goals in 23 games.
If United were to wait until the summer and Dembele had a breakthrough tournament at the Euros, his valuation would soar and United could find themselves entering a bidding war.
If Solskjaer sees Dembele as the perfect replacement for Lukaku, he has to act in January.
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