Atletico Madrid considering move for Moussa Dembele

Reports suggest that Moussa Dembele may be close to a January exit from Ligue 1 outfit Lyon and this would be an unexpected but welcome development for his former club Celtic with regards to a transfer windfall.

The 24-year-old striker who rose to the limelight with the likes of Fulham and Celtic before making the move to Lyon has been heavily linked with a move to La Liga outfit Atletico Madrid.

Atletico Madrid are reportedly in the market for a new striker as they seek a replacement for Diego Costa, who canceled his deal with the club earlier this month.

It can be recalled that Lyon shelled out £19 million for Moussa Dembele at the end of the Scottish transfer window in 2018 to acquire him from Celtic.

The deal included a sell-on clause which ensures that the Hoops will receive 10% of any future move by the striker from Lyon.

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Dembele is attracting interest from the likes of RB Leipzig and Atletico Madrid, with the boss of the latter being a fan, and looking to make a move for him this month as a replacement for Diego Costa.

It is believed that Costa decided to leave due to personal reasons, leaving just Luis Suarez as the only striking option for the Diego Simeone led side.

Meanwhile, Celtic may have to wait until the summer for any cash with the La Liga outfit currently interested in making a loan-to-buy offer. This means that any transfer will only be completed at the end of the 2020/21 season.

Moussa Dembele who has shone brightly since the move to Lyon has struggled for game time this season. The Frenchman has made just 13 appearances and has just 1 goal to his name thus far.

Regardless, the player has continued to attract interest from elite clubs in Europe. He has scored more than 20 goals in each of the last 2 seasons and was impressive last season with 24 goals in 46 games.