French giants admit interest in Celtic star Dembele

Date published: Tuesday 22nd August 2017 9:58

Marseille have admitted Celtic striker Moussa Dembele is of interest to them.

The 21-year-old forward blasted 32 goals in 49 appearances last season after arriving on a free transfer from Fulham and that was more than enough to see clubs from across Europe take an interest in the player.

Chelsea reportedly had an offer of £20million rejected in January and Arsenal among others have been linked with his services.

But the latest confirmed interest in Deembele, who is currently sidelined with a hamstring problem, has come from Ligue 1 side Marseille.

OM president Jacques-Henri Eyraud told the Scottish Sun: “Moussa Dembele is a young player with power and speed and he is interesting.

“It’s no secret that we are actively looking for a striker. It’s a difficult area to get players.

“I try to avoid talking for the manager or the sporting director when it comes to players, but I have obviously have my own ideas.

“All I can say is that he is an interesting name.”

Last month Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers cooled the speculation surrounding the player.

“I counted the other day, Moussa has been linked with 10 clubs,” Rodgers told The Express.

“It was Marseille the other day, I saw Arsenal the other week, there was Paris Saint-Germain, there was Chelsea so there is nothing in it from our perspective.

“I felt if he progressed the way we thought he’d progress and if he wanted to move any time it would be after the second year.

He went on to say that: “There is no rush from Moussa’s perspective. He is a player that we really want to keep and if anything (an offer) did come in we would assess it.”

 

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