Celtic youngster Moussa Dembele continues to be linked with a host of top clubs around the continent, with Chelsea now said to be preparing for a transfer battle with Manchester Unitedand Real Madrid. Meanwhile, AC Milan are reportedly doubting the idea of a January move for Cesc Fabregas.
According to Colin Mafham of the Daily Express, Chelsea, United and Manchester City have all been scouting Dembele, the former Fulham starlet who has made a sensational start to his career in Scotland.
Real are also said to be in the mix, as they hope to lock up Dembeleand loan him back to Celtic as a way of circumventing their impending transfer ban. Per the report, Los Blancos are currently the favourites for his signature.
Celtic have no intention of selling the 20-year-old just months after bringing him to Scotland, and majority shareholder Dermot Desmond sounded confident they could keep hold of the youngster, saying: “We don’t need to sell any players. Hopefully we can retain him, but our job is to have players who want to be sought by other clubs in the Premier League and elsewhere.”
The Frenchman has already scored an incredible 15 goals this season, and he’s been sensational in some of Celtic’s biggest matches, as shared by Ladbrokes:
Dembele picked Celtic over a host of interested clubs during the summer, making the smart choice in chasing regular playing time over a move to a massive club. Even he likely didn’t envision making such a scorching start to the season, however, and it’s no surprise to see those same top clubs are still hot on his trail.
Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has already expressed his admiration for the player, per Mafham, and with such big names keen to strike a deal, Celtic have a real battle on their hands.
Here’s a look at some of Dembele‘s highlights: