In the January transfer window, Moussa Dembele was one of the most sought-after players in European football. As the summer transfer window draws near, Dembele is once again the subject of transfer speculations. The premature cancellation of the 2019-20 Ligue 1 season means Lyon will not be competing in any European competition next season. As such, the future of Dembele has become a topic for discussion once again. There is a huge possibility that he might be on the move this summer since Lyon failed to qualify for any European football competition next season.
Dembele had an impressive campaign with 22 goals and seven assists in 42 games across all competitions before the season’s suspension due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is no big surprise that the French striker is attracting interest from clubs in the Premier League and Serie A. However, it seems a move back to England is most likely. Dembele joined Olympique Lyon from Scottish giants Celtic in 2018 for a fee reported to be 20 million pounds. Lyon’s president Jean-Michel Aulas has admitted that the team will struggle to hold on to their best players this summer and will sell any player who wants to leave. Lyon’s willingness to sell will be a massive boost for clubs who are in the race to land Dembele.
Should Man United make a move for Dembele in the summer?
Manchester United needs another forward next season, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking to add some attacking firepower in the next transfer window. As things stand now, it is uncertain if Odion Ighalo’s deal would be made permanent or not. Ighalo has been a good team player since moving to Old Trafford. However, he isn’t a good fit for the long term because of his old age. The pressure will be on Solskjaer to find a long term option that will suit Man United. In that regard, Dembele is of the perfect age for Man United as part of their new transfer strategy of focusing on younger talents as part of the ongoing rebuild.
Dembele also has prior experience of British football as well, having enjoyed spells at Fulham and Celtic in the past. He would also join any English club as a homegrown player since he came through the youth ranks at Fulham before signing for Celtic in 2016. Dembele is a quick player, and his style of play will suit Solskjaer’s philosophy as he usually sets his team up to play counter-attacking football. Solskjaer is building his attack around speed with Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, and Daniel James. As a result, Dembele could certainly fit the profile of a Man United transfer target.
Where else could he go?
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard wants to add a new center-forward to compete with Tammy Abraham, and there could be plans to bring Moussa Dembele this summer. A potential transfer to Chelsea could see their attack become lethal.
Chelsea made with a move for Dembele in January, but the move didn’t materialize. Chelsea will undoubtedly set their eyes on him this summer as a section of the Chelsea fans views him as the next Drogba. Concerning the comparison, he does not possess the physical attributes similar to that of Drogba at his peak at Chelsea. However, Dembele has the potential and talent to be a prolific goal scorer. Dembele could very well be compatible alongside Tammy Abraham in a two-person attack. His signing would prove to be a smart purchase. He will have no problem adapting to English football since he previously played in England. Moussa Dembele has also reportedly emerged as a potential transfer target for Serie A giants Inter Millan. According to reports, Inter Millan could replace Lautaro Martinez with Dembele. Martinez is continuously being linked with a move to Catalan giants Barcelona ahead of the upcoming summer transfer window.
What next for Dembele?
Moussa Dembele’s goal return has been impressive in recent years, having netted 20 times in all competitions last season and reaching 22 this season. Dembele’s remarkable form has put clubs on red alert, and he could receive a lot of interests this summer.
A move to any of the top clubs in the Premier League, La Liga, and Serie A will be a big step in his football career. At age 23, he is still young and not a finished article yet as he has more to learn. If he should make a move this summer, he should join a club with the right coach who will help bring the best out of him because he still has a lot to offer.