Should Celtic ace Moussa Dembele buck a trend and reject Southampton move?

Moussa Dembele celebrates his 2nd goal (Celtic's 4th) during the Betfred Cup Semi-Final at Hampden Park on October 21, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Southampton are keen on signing Celtic's Moussa Dembele.

Moussa Dembele celebrates his goal score Celtics 2nd,during the Betfred Cup Final at Hampden Park on November 26, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Southampton are keen on signing Celtic striker Moussa Dembele, according to The Express.

The Saints are flush with cash after selling Virgil van Dijk to Liverpool for £75 million.

Dembele has had a terrific 18 months for Celtic, netting more than 40 goals for the club since joining from Fulham.

He would become the fourth Celtic player to quit the club for Southampton in recent years, following Victor Wanyama, Fraser Forster and Virgil van Dijk.

But there is a real case that Dembele might want to buck the trend and reject Southampton's advances, and 'hold out for better'.

Moussa Dembele celebrates his 2nd goal (Celtic's 4th) during the Betfred Cup Semi-Final at Hampden Park on October 21, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Over the past year, Dembele has been linked with several of Europe's top clubs, with The Metro reporting Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal all scouted him earlier this season. 

The Daily Record even linked the striker with a move to Real Madrid, with Zinedine Zidane reportedly an admirer.

All three can offer European football, while Southampton risk getting dragged into a relegation battle after a run of poor form.

Dembele has to be wary of the wrong move, going to a club where he will sit on the bench, and Southampton are certainly a safe choice.

But after playing in Champions League clashes against the likes of Barcelona, PSG and Bayern Munich over the past year, Dembele could be forgiven for feeling a little underwhelmed in moving to a club who cannot even offer Europa League football next year.

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