Celtic are hopeful of receiving a seven-figure sum this summer due to former striker Moussa Dembele in what could be a ‘very positive’ development for the Hoops, per Sport Witness.
The French forward is currently on loan at Atletico Madrid, who have the option of making his temporary stay from Lyon permanent in a deal worth €32m (£27.6m).
Celtic’s 10% Dembele clause
That’s because Celtic are owed 10% of any permanent deal involving the 24-year-old, meaning they could receive £2.76m, should the €32m clause be activated – just over the £2.75m fee which was required to sign David Turnbull last year.
Mundo Deportivo claim that Atletico are ‘not considering’ paying the stated fee just yet, but that could change – Luis Suarez is 34 and Diego Costa left the club this season, so they are in need of a long-term striker solution.
Was Dembele the club's best ever bargain?
Transfer Tavern take
Dembele’s market value has plummeted from £45m to £22.5m over the last 12 months, so we can see why the Hoops are keen for a £27.6m move to materialise over the coming months.
Unfortunately, Dembele’s form in Spain hasn’t been one of a £27.6m-rated striker. He’s yet to score or even start a game for Madrid under Diego Simeone.
A huge turnaround appears to be needed for Celtic to receive £2.76m this summer, but it seems as of the Hoops are still hopeful, and it would indeed by ‘very positive’ for the club as the report claims, given that it would basically cover the fee for Turnbull.
In other news: Celtic midfielder keen on summer exit; it’s not Scott Brown, find out more here.
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