Fofana’s words on Dembele show the true extent of Lyon’s robbery on Celtic

Fofana’s words on Dembele show the true extent of Lyon’s robbery on Celtic

Celtic went into the international break on a good note after beating rivals Rangers 1-0 in the Old Firm derby.

Off the field, however, things were not as positive with Moussa Dembele leaving the club on deadline day for Lyon.

And Dembele’s former team-mate at Fulham Seko Fofana has since come out to question Celtic’s dealing of the transfer.

The Breakdown

Speaking to L’Equipe (via Sport Witness), Fofana said: “I am surprised that clubs didn’t come to take him [Dembele] before. I was told that he cost Lyon €20m (actual price was €22m), but Moussa is worth at least double.

“He is a complete attacker, who can use his head, left foot, right foot and also defend. His delivery, he’s clean technically, he is a big, strong guy.”

With what he was worth to the club and the potential he possesses, at £19.7m (via Sky Sports), Celtic were the team to come out worse in the deal.

In this current climate, the Bhoys definitely should have got at least £30m for Dembele’s services. It was only a while ago where the Frenchman was being touted with a £40m move to Chelsea (via Sky Sports).

Of course, having only had two years remaining on his Celtic contract and at the time the club decided to sanction the sell, it was always going to be an uphill task of getting anything close to that sort of money.

That being said, the £19.7m received still feels like an incredibly undervalued fee for someone of Dembele’s talent and, ultimately, a fee in a deal where Brendan Rodgers and Peter Lawwell have come out second best.

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