Well, we should have seen it coming. After scoring a hat-trick in the Glasgow Derby and two goals against Manchester City, rumors have emerged today that Arsenal are interested in the young Celtic striker Moussa Dembele.
In addition to Arsenal, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are reportedly keeping tabs on Dembele. Hearing these three club’s names must make Peter Lawwell break into hysteria just thinking about that transfer fee that he could get from them.
Arsenal seems to make the most sense for a possible future destination for Dembele though. In addition to his great start to the season, Dembele is, of course, both young and French.
As we all know, these characteristics are enough to send Arsene Wegner into over-drive. With Dembele’s high profile goals and French citizenship, it only makes sense that he would be linked with Arsenal. It wouldn’t surprise anyone if Arsene Wegner broke out into a sprint to run the 400 miles from London to Glasgow to see Dembele himself.
While Dembele has the characteristics of a future Arsenal striker, this author, the Celtic support, and even Brendan Rodgers are in no hurry to cash in on the promising youngster. When asked about the transfer rumors and a possible £15mm price tag, Rodgers said there was “no chance” of selling him.
The Celtic gaffer also remarked that the £15mm price tag would only be for Dembele’s “big toe”. There has been no word if Arsenal have moved on to the their second choice of Dembele’s pinky toe though.
In his time in the SPFL this season, Dembele is leading the league in expected goals and is third in combined goals and assists per 90 minutes.
Easy jokes about Arsene Wegner aside, Arsenal is known to value analytics in their scouting and recruiting process. With Dembele producing such great traditional and advanced stats, it is no surprise that he is drawing interest from around Europe.
It seems to be a matter of when, rather than if the talented striker leaves Celtic for a large sum of money. Just remember, that whatever that sum of money is, it will be pure profit, as he came to Paradise as an out-of-contract player.