Arsenal join chase for Man Utd, Chelsea target in case of striker exit

Date published: Tuesday 24th December 2019 2:30 - Samuel Bannister

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Arsenal are reportedly set to join the race for Lyon striker Moussa Dembele – but only if Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang or Alexandre Lacazette leave.

Former Celtic forward Dembele has thrived in his one-and-a-half seasons in Ligue 1, leading to repeated links with Manchester United.

Dembele has outscored the likes of Mauro Icardi and Neymar in the league this season, following on from his impressive 15-goal haul last term.

Chelsea have also been suggested as a potential suitor now that their transfer ban has been lifted, but according to reports in France, their London rivals Arsenal are also interested.

Le10 Sport claim that Arsenal are ready to pounce for Dembele if either Aubameyang or Lacazette depart, something which they believe is not beyond the realms of possibility, and that the club could in fact be “expecting”.

Aubameyang has been linked with a move to Real Madrid – in a potential swap deal with Luka Jovic – and has less than 18 months left on his contract.

Meanwhile, Lacazette was said to be pondering his future during the latter days of Unai Emery’s reign as manager, but it is not yet clear if his stance has changed.

Dembele has reportedly already been scouted by Chelsea this season, but they are also considering a move for RB Leipzig hitman Timo Werner.

Another Premier League rival for Dembele’s signature could be Tottenham, who have been linked with a double swoop including his Lyon teammate Memphis Depay as well.

However, Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas is a notoriously tough negotiator, and won’t be willing to let Dembele go on the cheap.


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