The Celtic fans here in the Transfer Tavern fear they could lose Moussa Dembele this January, much to their frustration. Indeed, while the fantastic Frenchman has suffered injuries this season, the idea of losing him ahead of their assault on the Europa League is really rather annoying.
According to reports in the Daily Mail earlier this week, the Scottish champions have been in talks with Premier League side Brighton over a potential move for the former Fulham and PSG youngster, a deal that’d seriously annoy our punters clad in green and white.
While the idea of keeping Dembele in the long run may be a tad unrealistic, the fee quoted in the reports seems to be £25m, relatively low for one of the most promising forwards in the game. Clearly, it’s a huge profit on the nominal fee for which Celtic managed to nab him from Craven Cottage, though the sort of fees previously talked about when it comes to Dembele make the idea of a £25m to Brighton somewhat of an anticlimax.
There’s also the small matter of the Europa League. Obviously, Dembele is destined for big things and probably won’t be at Celtic for years to come, though surely Brendan Rodgers’ whole project in Paradise has been building towards being more competitive in Europe.
Their clash at home to Zenit St Petersburg in the Europa League Round of 32 in mid-February is arguably Rodgers’ most important game since taking over. Though some of the Champions League games have been impressive, no one truly expected the former Liverpool coach to get Celtic out of the two groups they’ve been in of late, but the pressure is on to prove he can improve this squad of players and make an impression on the continent.
For that to happen, he needs his best players available and having Dembele in the squad would certainly boost his chances of a victory over the Russian giants, who will only just be returning from a lengthy winter break.
Considering Dembele’s age and potential, selling him for a relatively cheap £25m before Rodgers’ biggest game in charge would surely render a lot of his work in charge of the club kind of pointless.
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