Report: Marseille could offer Valere Germain to Celtic in Moussa Dembele swap

Brendan Rodgers, Manager of Celtic applauds fans after the Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Hamilton at Celtic Park Stadium on August 26, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Ligue 1 side Marseille reportedly want to sign Moussa Dembele from Scottish Premiership champions Celtic, and Germain could be involved in a deal.

Valere Germain of OM celebrates his goal with Florian Thauvin during the French Ligue 1 match between Olympique de Marseille (OM) and AS Monaco at Stade Velodrome on January 28, 2018 in...

The Scottish transfer window shuts at midnight on Friday and it remains to be seen whether Moussa Dembele is still a Celtic player come September.

It is no secret that Marseille have spent the summer scouring the market for a marquee striker signing and it seems that they have now settled on the France U21 centre-forward. According to France Football, Marseille could be willing to offer a player-plus-cash deal in order to bring Dembele to Ligue 1.

Marseille signed Valere Germain from rivals Monaco just last summer for £9 million (L'Equipe). The hard-working centre-forward struggled at times in his debut season at the Stade Velodrome, although he did net 18 goals in 55 games in all competitions.

And it is now being reported that Rudi Garcia’s side would be willing to offer Germain in addition to a sum of money, somewhere in the region of £18 million, in order to tempt Celtic into selling Dembele.

Moussa Dembele of Celtic is seen during the UEFA Champions League Qualifier between Celtic and Alashkert FC  at Celtic Park on July 18, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

It remains to be seen how Brendan Rodgers’ side would respond to a rather generous offer. Germain, at 28, is not the typical Celtic signing, but he does have plenty of experience in top level football and would bring wily movement and physicality to the Hoops’ attack.

He scored 17 goals for Monaco in 2016/17 as the principality club won Ligue 1 and reached the Champions League semi-finals.

Monaco's Valere Germain celebrates after scoring a goal during the UEFA Champions League quarter final, second leg soccer match between AS Monaco and Borussia Dortmund at Stade Louis II in...

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