As per a report from journalist Duncan Castles, Manchester United could swoop for Lyon star Moussa Dembele in January, with the player interested in a move to Old Trafford.
23-year-old hitman Dembele made a return to his home country last summer, when the Frenchman joined Lyon from Celtic for €22 million.
And, on the back of an impressive stint with the Scottish champions, Dembele has since gone on to carry his goalscoring exploits back to Ligue 1.
The powerful attacker’s debut season at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais saw him rack up 20 goals and 6 assists across all competitions.
Moussa Dembele just loves a derby goal 🙌
A 95th-minute winner to send Lyon above rivals Saint-Etienne into 3rd in Ligue 1?
The fans will be talking about this one for some time 👊 pic.twitter.com/C8DPpCtJdF
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) January 20, 2019
To this point in the current campaign, meanwhile, Dembele has found the net a solid 6 times in 8 league outings.
Man United bound?
As such, the French talent, who has also notched 13 goals in 25 appearances for Les Bleus’ U21 side, is unsurprisingly beginning to catch the eye of some of European football’s heavyweights.
And, as per the aforementioned report from Duncan Castles, one such outfit keen on Dembele are Premier League giants Manchester United.
Speaking on the Transfer Window Podcast, Castles revealed that the Red Devils are weighing up a January swoop for the Lyon star.
Significantly, it is also added that contact between United and the player’s entourage has been made:
‘I can tell you there has been contact between Manchester United and individuals close to Moussa Dembele to assess the player’s interest in the move and to work out what the cost would be in terms of salary.’
‘And also, to get a feel for what it would take to get him out of Lyon.’
‘Dembele has been identified by United as a player who could be a top level centre-forward down the line.’
Finally, Castles suggests that Dembele himself ‘would be receptive’ to a winter switch to Old Trafford:
‘The interest from Dembele’s side in moving to the Premier League is large. He sees that as a place he will play further down his career.’
‘Were Manchester United to select Dembele as a target for the January window, he would be receptive to that move.’
‘And, I believe, he would take the risk of moving in the January window.’