Celtic striker Moussa Dembele could be leaving in January to move to Serie A, according to a report.
According to Italian media outlet, Calciomercato, AS Roma are the rumoured destination of the 21-year-old Frenchman.
Suggestions of a move away from Parkhead have been intensifying after this week Hoops second in command Chris Davies said the forward had been affected by the transfer talk and Brendan Rodgers himself admitted the club had a contingency plan in place in preparation for the youngster’s departure.
On top of that, the striker, who has scored eight goals in 21 appearances for the Bhoys this season, has twice been left out of Rodgers’ starting XI since the turn of the new year, doing little to quell the suggestion that the attacker is on the brink of a move away.
Brighton were tipped to sign the forward but Roma are the latest club to be vying for Dembele’s signature now that former Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko is close to a move to Stamford Bridge and the Italians see the 21-year-old as a replacement.
According to the report the striker’s agents have been in touch with Roma sporting director, Monchi, to offer the services of the Frenchman – rated at £20m – to the club.
Football Insider verdict:
There can be no denying that there is movement afoot and it looks increasingly likely that Dembele will be off. The Frenchman would probably jump at the chance to play in the Serie A but it is uncertain as to whether he is a good enough replacement for Dzeko, a proven goalscorer in top-flight football. Yes, he can hammer in the goals in the Scottish Premier League but whether he could do that in the slower tempo of Serie A is anyone’s guessing. This does not seem to be a transfer that makes much sense and it is more likely that the Italian side will be in the hunt for a player with more experience.
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