Top strike target reveals decision on €45m Man Utd switch

Date published: Saturday 22nd June 2019 6:43 - Samuel Bannister

Former Fulham and Celtic striker Moussa Dembele has ruled out a return to the Premier League this summer, vowing to stay with Lyon.

Dembele has continued the fine goalscoring form he showed in his formative years in Britain into his debut season in France, where he netted 20 goals as Lyon secured Champions League qualification.

Consequently, he has been heavily linked with a move back to England, with Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer identifying him as a top target in case Romelu Lukaku leaves Old Trafford.

The 22-year-old former PSG youngster was recently the subject of a €45m bid from United, which followed an uncertain admission over his future.

Recent reports have suggested that United could look to poach Arsenal hitman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang instead, with Unai Emery also eyeing Dembele as a possible replacement.

However, it now looks certain that Dembele will disappoint both of them, after his comments in the wake of France’s win over Croatia at the U21 Euros, a game in which he scored the decisive goal.

“I still have four years left on my contract, I will be in Lyon next season,” confirmed the prolific striker after the game – seemingly ending United’s hopes of signing him for at least another year.


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