Celtic will make a ‘business decision’ and look to cash in on star striker Moussa Dembele in the January transfer window, according to football operations consultant Ian McGarry.
The future of 21-year-old Dembele has been a big talking point in the lead up to the window, with several Premier League clubs reportedly showing interest in Celtic’s key man.
Now, Scottish football expert Ian McGarry, who used to be the chief football reporter at both the Sun and the Daily Mail, has lifted the lid on the Hoops’ plans for Dembele next month, and claims that they will look to cash in on the young star.
McGarry currently works as a football operations consultant, working with teams to focus on streamlining their recruitment strategy and communications policy.
Speaking to the Transfer Window Podcast (22/12/17, 12:20), McGarry said:
“I know from information and hearing different views on Dembele that Celtic will sell in January if they can. I think the reason for that is that Dembele is not the same hot property as he was this time last year. Or indeed this time six months ago in the summer when clubs were offering in excess of £20m for him and there was a queue. Dembele himself has obviously suffered some minor injuries and his form and goals have tailed off a bit.
“I think Celtic are making a business decision to market the player in this January window in the hope they can get – and I’m told it’s around £26m-£27m that the are looking for Moussa Dembele. I don’t think there are any takers at that cost yet, there is certainly interest from lower-half Premier League clubs who talent and potential like Dembele would be appealing to at that price.
“West Ham have an interest in him, Everton have an interest in him. And probably some others, strikers especially in the January window are very difficult to buy. I think Celtic’s problem is that they want to sell for a premium price because selling him for £15m just for the sake of it probably doesn’t replace him in the team. They wanna make money from him, the think they are fairly well sorted for strikers for the rest of the season and so Dembele would be worth selling.”
Dembele was signed from English Championship club Fulham in 2016 on a free transfer, and has become a key player for Celtic in his time at the club.
His goalscoring record for the Hoops is impressive, netting 40 goals in 67 appearances in all competitions for the club since his arrival.
That form has led to a call-up for the France national team, but he is yet to make his debut for Didier Deschamps side ahead of the World Cup this summer.