Will Celtic’s Moussa Dembele Become A £20m Man?

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It’s pretty fair to say that French youngster Moussa Dembele has settled in well at Celtic, after his summer move from Fulham.

As each week passes the paltry £500k compensation fee looks to be a huge bargain for the Scottish champions.

In his first seventeen appearances for the Hoops, Dembele has already got a twelve goal return.

His ‘perfect’ hat-trick against Old Firm rivals Rangers was extremely impressive and made everyone step up and take notice.

Although for anyone who had seen him at Fulham last term they’d have expected nothing less from the twenty year old. He scored nineteen times for the Cottagers in his sixty-four outings.

But at Celtic Park he’s already showing signs that he’s maturing into a top-class performer.

After scoring two goals in the qualifying rounds of the Champions League, Dembele really made his mark with a brace in the 3-3 draw against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.

His first against City was all about being in the right place at the right time, while the second showed his quick reactions and instinct to find the net.

The youngster has bags of potential and is already showing the qualities needed in a top-class striker. As well as having a keen eye for goal and a good positional sense, Dembele also has the ability to look up and find teammates (he can play up top by himself but is equally adept playing beside a fellow forward). He possesses a dribbling skill set that reminds me of Thierry Henry.

This week Moussa marked his under-21 debut for Les Bleus with a goal.

In typical Dembele fashion the hitman pounced ahead of the defender in the six yard box and he steered his shot beyond the opposition goalkeeper.

Dembele’s performances for Brendan Rodgers side and now for the French U21s haven’t gone unnoticed with major European clubs taking an interest.

Tottenham were close to signing him back in January but couldn’t agree a deal with Fulham as the Championship side wanted to keep him on loan for the rest of the season. That hitch looks to have cost Spurs big!

Recent reports suggest that Arsenal have sent scouts up to Glasgow to have a closer look at the forward.

Celtic’s major shareholder Dermot Desmond reacted to the speculation by stating:

‘They’re a team, they’re together, we don’t need to sell any players’

‘Hopefully we can retain him but again our job is to have players that are wanted by other clubs in the Premier League and elsewhere.’

Dermot is a realist and always has been. Sometimes that annoys some of the Celtic support. he clearly doesn’t say that they won’t sell him but he does point out that they don’t need to sell him.

So I’d almost certainly dismiss the notion of Moussa leaving in the next transfer window. Don’t forget he came to the Hoops in the search of European football and playing regularly for the first team.

He won’t want to leave to join a team’s developmental squad as he could have done that in the summer.

So if the player himself is happy to stay, he’s signed up to a four year deal and the club don’t need to sell then Celtic hold all the cards at the moment.

That in itself pushes the price tag up. So if you think that Celtic commanded fees of around £10m-£12m for good players that weren’t young forwards in recent years, then you could say he must be worth close to that already.

Should Moussa Dembele continue to improve both domestically and in Europe, plus impress with the French under-21 side and grab twenty plus goals in each of the next two seasons then surely it wouldn’t be impossible for Celtic to sell him on in 2018 for a £20m fee or more!

But alas lets just wait and see and enjoy him whilst he’s still playing in Scotland.

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