By Dominic Toner
Liverpool are set to test Celtic’c resolve on forward Moussa Dembele with a bid worth £20million, according to a report.
Glasgow Live claims that Jurgen Klopp’s side will offer £10million for Dembele in the January transfer window, with an additional £10million in add-ons based on appearances and success.
The report details that Liverpool scouts have watched the striker five times this season and have been impressed by his performances.
The Merseyside club are keen to add to their attacking options and Glasgow Live report that they will offer Dembele around £60,000-a-week to switch to Anfield.
Celtic have already snubbed offers from Tottenham and Arsenal, meaning that Liverpool are keen to steal a march on their rivals in January.
Dembele has announced himself as one of Europe’s biggest emerging talents after a phenomenal start in Scotland.
The 20-year-old has already scored 17 goals in just 27 appearances for Celtic since leaving Fulham in the summer.
He has dislodged Leigh Griffiths as the club’s first-choice striker and has already won a major competition with Celtic, scoring in the League Cup final success over Aberdeen on Sunday.
Celtic manager Brednan Rodgers has shown great faith in the youngster and he has scored three goals in his Champions League appearances.
Dembele has also scored three goals in just two appearances for France’s Under-21s and is expected to make the step-up into the senior side in the near future.
Football Insider verdict:
Celtic are under no pressure to sell their prized possession in January and should keep Dembele until at least the end of the season. Dembele is settled with the Scottish champions and has not expressed any desire to leave the club, despite speculation of a big move away. The forward has developed rapidly during his short stay at Celtic and should continue to do that under the guidance of manager Brendan Rodgers, who is keen to give youngsters a fair try. Dembele is relishing being the top striker at the moment and he is unlikely to enjoy the same luck if he moved to Liverpool aged just 20. The Frenchman should repay the faith shown by Celtic and complete the remainder of the season. He could then evaluate if he is ready for a major Premier League move.
In other Celtic transfer news, the club are eyeing a 21-year-old goal machine from the MLS.