Celtic could be in line for a substantial windfall
Celtic could be on the verge of a substantial windfall as Moussa Dembele’s move appears to draw nearer.
The Olympique Lyonnais striker has been linked with numerous clubs since joining from Celtic in 2018. Manchester United have repeatedly been mentioned in connection with the France Under-21 international.
While it’s been some time since Dembele kicked a ball for Celtic, fans of the Scottish Premiership club retain a keen interest in the 24-year-old’s career, and not just because of his success in Glasgow.
When he left Celtic Park, a sell-on clause was inserted into Dembele’s contract, ensuring a healthy chunk of his next transfer fee.
It appears that the transfer could now be imminent.
Spanish outlet Todofichajes report that Atletico Madrid have agreed a deal with Lyon and that a move is imminent.
The player is expected to arrive in Spain at some point in the next few days on loan with an option to buy.
If the option is taken up, Atletico will be expected to pay between £22.5-27m for his services.
Dembele won two consecutive domestic trebles during his time at Celtic, and was a key component of Brendan Rodgers’ 2016/17 ‘Invincibles’ side.
He scored 51 goals in 94 games before joining Lyon for £20m, and has gone on to find the net 45 times in 105 appearances for the Ligue 1 side.
Dembele’s former club, meanwhile, have confirmed that a player has tested positive for Covid-19.
In a statement posted on the club’s official Twitter account, Celtic said: “Celtic today confirmed that one player has recorded a positive test for covid-19. Clearly the player will receive all our care and full support.
“All other members of our squad, management team and backroom squad are negative.”