The future of Celtic attacker Moussa Dembele has once again been cast into doubt.
The Daily Mail are reporting that the 21-year-old is likely to be the subject of more transfer bids in the summer, after the Hoops knocked back a bid for the player from Brighton – believed to be worth £12million – in January.
Brendan Rodgers must be aware that clubs in England will be set to swoop for the player once the summer transfer window opens, which is why the Hoops must start to prepare a masterplan for life without the free-scoring forward.
Dembele has had his ups and downs in his two years with the Hoops, but overall he has been a very successful signing, particularly when you consider that the Bhoys paid just £500,000 to sign him from Fulham.
The Hoops boss may not need to look far for a replacement for Dembele for the Champions League qualifiers which begin in July, as both Odsonne Edouard – if he signs a permanent deal – and Leigh Griffiths are more than capable of getting the Hoops through into the money-spinning Champions League group stages.
Dembele is the perfect example of what the Hoops are aiming to do with their transfer system – sign a player for cheap and sell him on to a bigger club for millions; fans might not like it but Celtic are simply a stepping stone to the Premier League for players.
Dembele should be heralded for his goalscoring feats with the Hoops but it is time for the club to look to the future.
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