Sky journalist: Huge late development as Chelsea plot another raid, Celtic name their price
By Matt Farr
Premier League giants Chelsea are planning a sensational last-ditch swoop for Celtic goalscorer Moussa Dembele, according to a reliable journalist.
Dembele has lit up the Scottish Premiership since arriving at Celtic in the summer, netting 20 goals from 38 appearances in all competitions.
His impressive form week-after-week has drawn tremendous praise from the media, as well as reported interest from the Premier League in the shape of West Ham.
However, Sky Sports journalist Kaveh Solhekol claimed on his official Twitter account late on Monday afternoon that Chelsea were eyeing up a £40million move for Dembele ahead of Tuesday’s transfer deadline.
Chelsea interested in Celtic forward Moussa Dembele. Celtic won't sell for less than £40m
— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) January 30, 2017
This would be the second Celtic player that Antonio Conte has tried to bring to Stamford Bridge in the last week, having already made an approach for veteran stopper Craig Gordon.
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However, Chelsea are not expected to have much luck in their pursuit of Dembele, with Rodgers adamant to retain the services of his star 20-year-old.
Even if Rodgers can be tempted into selling him this month, Chelsea would need to cough-up at least £40 million.
Football Insider verdict
Although Solhekol’s claim may be well-founded, it reeks of one of those ‘close-to-deadline’ transfer rumours with little actual solidity. Chelsea don’t need another striker, unless for some reason Diego Costa was to leave the club for China in the next 24 hours. Current deputy goalscorer Michy Batshuayi can’t even get a look-in at the moment, so why would Dembele be any different? As for Celtic, they should be looking to reject any offer for Dembele, unless they get £40million+. They’ve already won the league but if they lose the striker they could see the second half of the season go downhill and miss out on the chance of the treble. £40million is a lot of money though.
In other Celtic transfer news, a late bid has been tabled for this outcast Celtic defender.