Why Moussa Dembele would likely cost United much less than £84m
Manchester United have an opening this summer which players should be queuing up for.
The club need to sign an extra striker and the chance to join an attack with Bruno Fernandes, Anthony Martial, Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford should have stars pushing to land a move to Old Trafford.
One player who is reportedly ‘determined’ to sign is Lyon striker Moussa Dembele.
Sky Sports report Dembele wants to sign with United, although at this stage he is keeping his options open, he would regard a switch to Old Trafford as a ‘dream move’.
One issue is Lyon chairman Jean-Michel Aulas’ reported demand for £84 million for the striker.
£84 million is too much
This is a price United do not need to pay and should not. Even with 20 goals this season for Lyon in all competitions, Dembele is being overpriced.
This is typical of Aulas, who drives a hard bargain for his players. The French side have had some big money departures through the years including Tanguy Ndombele last summer (£63m), Alexandre Lacazette (£47m), Ferland Mendy (£43m) and Corentin Tolisso (£37m).
His tough negotiating even dates right back to big money sales of Michael Essien and Karim Benzema last decade.
The Ndombele situation is a good guide for a likely resolution with Dembele. L’Equipe reported last summer that Lyon valued the midfielder at 87 million. He went for £63 million in the end.
United’s potential move for Dembele is helped by his reported desire to sign and this weakens Lyon’s hopes of getting anywhere near the money they want.
Why he’d be a good fit
Dembele is an instinctive striker with a strong goals record in every division he has played in. While untested in the Premier League, he has passed every test in the Championship, Scotland, and France, to net 110 career goals already.
He’s an out and out centre-forward, which makes him different to Rashford and even Martial who is still working to convince in this role. His experience winning titles in Scotland and scoring in cup finals also gives him an edge and maturity which United’s forwards lack.
He is only 23-years-old and fits the age profile of player United are looking to sign.
Along with Marcus Rashford, 22, Anthony Martial, 24 and Mason Greenwood, 18, United would have the makings of a young exciting strike force which could terrorise defences for years to come.