Former Celtic talisman Moussa Dembélé has officially joined Atlético Madrid.

According to Get French Football News, and reported by the Daily Record, the Frenchman has joined Simeone’s La Liga leaders.

Fans of Los Rojiblancos can now look forward to a frontline of Joao Felix, Luis Suarez and Moussa Dembélé. Diego Costa recently left the club of his own volition, cancelling his contract in late December (Guardian).

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Initially a loan deal, Atlético have no obligation to buy Dembélé from Lyon outright. However, there is a €33.5m option for Simeone’s side, as well as loan fee and potential bonuses.

With Celtic due for a 10% cut of any deal, the Bhoys board will be hoping for a permanent deal in the summer.

 

 
Former Celtic man Moussa Dembele

Former Celtic man Moussa Dembele / (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Ex-Celtic man Moussa Dembélé joining European elite

The Brendan Rodgers signing was recently linked with West Ham United. As a transfer, it seemed somewhat unlikely, given the calibre of Lyon and the other clubs the striker was linked to.

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Dembélé has enjoyed a rapid ascent since signing for Celtic in June 2016 (Daily Record). Although he’s only scored once this season (Transfermarkt), that’s been due to a combination of tactical and injury factors.

Despite never receiving a full France cap, Dembélé has nevertheless impressed at youth level. The ex-Fulham man has scored 13 in 23 Under-21 appearances. Despite stiff competition, a senior call-up can’t be far away.

The striker now joins a genuinely frightening Atlético attack, where his service will be massively boosted.

Playing next to the prolific Joao Felix and Luis Suarez will provide a real test for Dembélé. Not only do the duo score goals, they’re also clinical in setting them up. Suarez, for example, boasts 237 career assists at the time of writing (Transfermarkt).

With Celtic profiting from a potential summer transfer, many fans will be watching La Liga with interest. There’s little excuse for Dembélé considering the players around him, and we’re sure he’ll be able to score plenty of goals in the Spanish capital.

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