Moussa Dembele remains highly rated in France

Opinion may be divided among Celtic fans as to Moussa Dembélé’s contribution to the Green and White this campaign but further evidence that he remains a hot property is provided by this week’s France Football magazine, which lists the Hoops’ French Under-21 international as one of nine potential goal-scoring targets for Olympique de Marseille this summer.

Featured alongside Dembélé in the list are such luminaries as Wissam Ben Yedder of Sevilla (and the hammer of Manchester United at Old Trafford two weeks ago), Danish starlet Kasper Dolberg of Ajax, Edin Dzeko and Christian Benteke. And, interestingly, France Football suggests that the asking price for Dembélé could be €25M.

The article in France Football has this to say of the man signed by Brendan Rodgers from Fulham:

“Could it happen this time? Last July, OM’s Head of Football, Andoni Zubizarreta, enquired about Dembélé, a player who corresponds perfectly to the type striker that the Basque has in mind for Marseille – young and with significant growth potential (on the field and in terms of re-sale value). Dembélé’s profile suffers from the relative anonymity of the Scottish Premiership but he has many attributes: strong and fast with a good touch, his finishing is excellent, his movement intelligent, and he holds up play well. Injury disrupted the first half of his season but Dembélé has been in good form in recent weeks and now has 14 goals in all competitions and 8 assists. He should, once again, be a man in demand this summer. Dembélé will only go to a club where he will play regularly. And a move to Marseille would provide him with the visibility he needs to secure a place in the French national team.”

Celtic fans will recognise the above description of Moussa Dembélé when he is in the mood but, with the former PSG academy man firing blanks at the weekend, had better hope that neither Zubizarreta nor Marseille manager Rudi Garcia gets hold of the tape from the game at Hamilton!

David Sleight

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The Celtic Star founder and editor, who has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email

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