Exclusive: Arsenal eye Celtic starlet but face serious competition

Date published: Sunday 6th October 2019 10:40 - Jonny Whitfield

Arsenal are interested in signing Celtic youngster Karamoko Dembele, but face competition from some of Europe’s top clubs in the battle for his signature.

The 16-year-old rose to prominence at the back end of last season when he put in an impressive performance in the Hoops’ 2-1 win over Hearts in May.

Dembele is yet to kick on from his first outing for Neil Lennon’s side but there is excitement about the player, who remains part of the first-team setup and signed a long-term deal with Celtic last season.



Having already raided the Glasgow club for left-back Kieran Tierney in the summer, Arsenal are eyeing up a move for Dembele and the Gunners hope that the strong relationship between the two clubs in the transfer market will help a deal to go through.

However, some of Europe’s top clubs including Borussia Dortmund, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus are also keen on the youngster.

Tierney made a slow start to life at the Emirates due to injury but he was impressive in Thursday night’s 4-0 Europa League win over Standard Liege.

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