Celtic’s hopes of getting a massive cash boost when Moussa Dembele leaves Olympique Lyon have been handed a massive blow.
There is no hiding from the fact that Celtic are a selling club at this point of time. The club’s entire structure is built on acquiring promising players from around the world, developing them and then moving them on for a massive transfer profit. One such player in recent years was Moussa Dembele.
After becoming a fan favourite during his relatively short stint at the club, he would move on to Olympique Lyonnais of Ligue 1. And the Frenchman took to the league like a duck to water, scoring 44 goals over his first two seasons there.
Naturally clubs from all around Europe where interested in the striker’s services and very soon transfer figures as high as £70 million where being thrown around by the media. Of course, this was welcome news for Celtic, who have a 10% sell-on clause in Dembele’s contract. As it turns out though, his actual fee might not be that high when he eventually leaves.
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Dembele has had a rough start to his third season for Lyon, failing to find the back of the net 10 appearances this season. As a result, his transfer value has plummeted and if The Scottish Sun are to be believed then the French side are now ready to accept a fee of around £30 million for him. Of course, that will bring down Celtic’s sell-on fee exponentially.
There is still expected to be enough interest around Dembele with clubs like Chelsea, Manchester United and West Ham United being linked with him in the past. And if his Lyon’s transfer demands have indeed being reduced so significantly, then it could be a matter of time before he is playing for one of those clubs.
The Hoops though will be hoping for a bidding war as it looks like that is the only way that they could get a significant sell-on fee for Dembele at this point of time.