It could be a nervy end to the transfer window for Celtic supporters with the future of one the club’s star players still uncertain.
Much talk this summer has surrounded central defender Dedryck Boyata with the Belgian angling for a move away from Celtic Park by using very combative tactics.
However, as well as Boyata, it appears Moussa Dembele could also be looking for a change in scenery this season.
According to L’Equipe (via Sport Witness), both Marseille and Lyon are said to be interested in Dembele with the latter in particular said to be keen on bringing in the Frenchman with their current first-choice striker Mariano Diaz set to re-join Real Madrid.
With both Ligue 1 outfits having made approaches for Dembele, Celtic are now looking at potential replacements (also L’Equipe), and one player manager Brendan Rodgers should strongly consider signing is Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham.
Abraham, who is valued at £9m by Transfermarkt, is unlikely to gain much game time at Stamford Bridge this season with both Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud above him in Maurizio Sarri’s pecking order.
Furthermore, a move to Celtic could be in both Rodgers and Abraham’s best interest.
The 20-year-old is keen on remaining in west London and fighting for a place in Sarri’s starting XI, but it is certain he will only feature in the Blues’ Europa League fixtures should he stay with them.
If the Bhoys, as expected, progress to the Europa League group stages, Abraham would be getting what Chelsea are currently offering him at Celtic as well as regular playing time in the SPL.
Abraham struggled in the Premier League last season with relegated Swansea City but, in the campaign prior, he was brilliant in the Championship, scoring 23 goals in 41 appearances, and there is no doubt he could transfer that form to Scotland in the same way Dembele did after he ditched Fulham for Glasgow.
After the unsuccessful loan spell of Charly Musonda and an overall fractious relationship with the club (via the Telegraph), it could take some persuading for Chelsea to send Abraham Rodgers’ way.
However, with transfer deadline day in Scotland fast approaching, there are not many options out there for Celtic when looking for a potential Dembele successor.