Report: Borussia Dortmund approach Celtic for Moussa Dembele

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is seen during a training session at Lennoxtown Training Centre on April 27, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund need a striker and Scottish Premiership giants Celtic might struggle to keep Moussa Dembele at Parkhead.

Moussa Dembele of Celtic celebrates scoring his first goal of the game during the Scottish Cup Quarter Final match between Celtic and Greenock Morton at Celtic Park on March 3, 2018 in...

Celtic somehow managed to hang onto Moussa Dembele last summer despite the young striker attracting attention from almost every big-name club on the continent.

This time around, however, Dembele’s name has been oddly absent from the gossip columns. Perhaps this has something to do with the fact that he scored just 16 goals in 2017/18, half the tally he managed in that stunning debut season at Parkhead.

But that doesn’t mean Dembele isn’t still a target for some of Europe’s big-hitters.

Moussa Dembele of Celtic scores his sides third goal from the penalty spot during the Scottish Cup Semi Final match between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 15, 2018 in Glasgow,...

Reports in French publication Foot Mercato state that Borussia Dortmund have been in touch with Celtic several times in recent days to enquire about the 21-year-old frontman.

It is understood that the Bundesliga giants are big fans of Dembele and, after being linked last summer, could now be about to ‘go on the offensive’.

Dortmund need a new centre-forward having lost talisman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Arsenal midway through last season for £60 million. Michy Batshuayi was fantastic during his loan spell from Chelsea from January onwards but The Blues want around £50 million for the Belgian, which could put him out of BVB’s price-range.

Dortmund's Gabonese forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates scoring during the UEFA Champions League Group H football match BVB Borussia Dortmund v Real Madrid in Dortmund, western...

Dembele, however, will be much cheaper. The Daily Record claimed in January that Celtic value the former Fulham youngster at £20 million.

It remains to be seen, however, whether The Hoops are willing to sell. After signing another promising young Frenchman in Odsonne Edouard, Brendan Rodgers at least already has a replacement in his ranks.

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