Transfer Window Podcast guest Ian McGarry feels Celtic could considering selling Moussa Dembele during the winter transfer window. The France Under-21 international has been a huge success for the Scottish champions since joining them on a free transfer from Fulham last year.
A number of clubs including West Ham United and Everton were seemingly prepared to offer £20m for Dembele in the summer, but McGarry feels they could now be put off with the Hoops said to demand a fee of at least £27-28m for his proposed sale. He said: “Moussa Dembele – I know from information and is convinced Celtic will sell in January if they can. The reason for that is Dembele is not the same hot property he was this time last year or indeed six months ago when clubs were offering in excess of £20m and there was a queue.
“I think that’s because the player himself has suffered some minor injuries and his form and goals have tailed off a bit and I think Celtic are making a business decision to market the player in this January window in the hope they can get around the £26-£27m I’m told they are asking for. I don’t think there will be any takers at that cost yet.”
Despite the speculation, Dembele has remained relatively mum over the situation, and he will be setting his sights on a European challenge next year, with the Hoops facing a stiff challenge against Zenit St Petersburg in the Europa League round of 32. Brendan Rodgers’ side reached the stage via a third-place finish in the Champions League, and they will be determined to make some progress in the competition with the first-leg due to be played at Parkhead in mid-February.