Serie A Champions open dialogue with former Celtic striker but no sell-on for club

Serie A Champions Napoli have opened dialogue with Moussa Dembele’s representatives. The French striker looks set to depart Lyon this summer after failing to agree a new contract with the French side. Now, Dembele is attracting interest from a variety of teams in Europe.

According to Football Scotland, Napoli are competing for the signature of Dembele as they look to add to their striking options with Napoli’s prolific Victor Osimhen attracting interest from the Premier League.

The 26-year-old was excellent for the club before leaving in a £20m deal for Lyon after falling out with Brendan Rodgers. It would have been expected for Dembele to really kick on and go to the top level instead of remaining in France but the deal to take him to Atletico Madrid on a permanent basis appeared to fall through, leaving him to spearhead the attack under Laurent Blanc.

You do have to think that Dembele could have gone on to achieve much more at Celtic which would have likely taken him beyond Lyon. Whilst he is doing well there, you have to think that from the qualities that the centre forward produced in attack for Celtic would see him move to a top team instead of a lateral move to Lyon.

The disappointing fact is that given that the player will join a new club in the summer as a free agent means that Celtic will not make any money on the sell-on inserted in the 2018 deal to sell the striker to Lyon. There has been talk of moves for the Frenchman. However, no moves were forthcoming for a variety of reasons and despite the speculation, Dembele remained at Lyon.

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