Lys Mousset started just one Premier League game for Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth in 2018/19 so why do Scottish Premiership champions Celtic want him?
Celtic are interested in signing Bournemouth striker Lys Mousset despite the Frenchman’s £10 million price-tag, according to the Mail (16 May, page 56).
The Hoops might be on the verge of another domestic treble but a trophy laden season has only papered over the cracks at a club who have looked increasingly lacking in attacking inspiration over the last 12 months, particularly since Moussa Dembele moved to Lyon.
With Oliver Burke and Timothy Weah bidding farewell this summer, Celtic will need to make a new striker a top priority. Their apparent interest in Mousset, however, will surely raise eyebrows.
The 23-year-old Frenchman is exactly the kind of promising young talent Celtic have made a habit of signing over the years but the former Le Havre starlet scored just twice in 28 games for Bournemouth during the 2018/19 season.
That is hardly a record befitting of a £10 million striker. Though The Mail reports that Celtic could look to strike a player-plus-cash deal in order to reduce his price-tag.
However Bhoys fans should perhaps take some hope from the comments Rangers striker Jermain Defoe made about Mousset during their time together on the South Coast.
“Lys is unbelievable. He’s so powerful,” the former England striker told the Bournemouth Echo in 2018.
“I keep telling him he could be whatever he wants to be. He could have a season where he is unbelievable. He is so strong, he can finish and I think it’s a big year for him.”
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