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The Europe-Wide Battle For Moussa Dembele

Monday 20th February 2017
20 years of age, 26-goals, 3 hat-tricks and is quite possibly the best player Scotland has ever seen in their top tier; Moussa Dembele has gone from an unheard of Fulham youngster to the hottest striking prodigy in World Football in less than 7 months.

His outstanding performances for the Bhoys since moving north of the border has sent shockwaves around the world as the European heavyweights all eye a Summer move for the French International, however, it was only Chelsea who made an official enquiry in the Transfer Window just gone and were put off by the £40 million slapped on Dembele by Celtic.

But it is the confirmed interest, from The Mirror ,  that was speculating around Real Madrid, who have identified Dembele as their primary Summer transfer target, which has really amplified the tension in the race for the Celtic forward's signature as Bayern Munich, Manchester City, Arsenal and Juventus are all interested in the ex-Fulham youngster.

It is understood that Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers had hoped to keep Dembele at Celtic Park for the duration of next season as well, however, his swift progress under the Northern Irish manager is inevitably going to spark a bidding war this Summer with Barcelona, Liverpool and Sevilla all apparently keen on him, therefore leading to Rodgers having to accept losing him and to commence seeking a replacement.

With Real Madrid reportedly winning the pursuit of Dembele it would be an incredible deal for the Scottish Table-Toppers who picked him up for a measly £300,000 from Fulham last Summer and would be the biggest deal that any Scottish club or player has ever been involved with which would, again, send shockwaves around the world.
His playing style has been likened to the Arsenal great Thierry Henry, with impressive close control and pace on the turn with a lethal eye for finishing in front of goal and a deadly first touch, it is no surprise why so many of Europe's elite are chasing Dembele. It is not only his impressive performances in the Scottish Premier League which has impressed the football world, his dominating displays spearheading the attack of Celtic in the Champions League has also caught the eye. Despite missing a penalty at the Nou Camp when Celtic played Barcelona he has managed an incredible goal every other game in Celtic's European campaign this season, proving that at such a tender age, he is built for the big stage.

Whoever does eventually win the race for the French youngster will certainly have an asset which, I believe, could grow into one of the best strikers that Football has ever seen and therefore, I think that Moussa Dembele does warrant the, slightly astronomical, price tag that Celtic have set. He will certainly develop his current goalscoring talents and has proved that he doesn't need too long to adjust to a team or a league and he has a bright future ahead of him. Good luck Moussa.
Jack Read
Opinionated Football fan from Manchester. Venting my frustrations via means of Writing online.

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