The Moussa Dembele windfall that Celtic are hoping to achieve can surely be put to bed after the Lyon chairman’s recent comments.
As we all know by now, Celtic are entitled to around 10% of a selling on fee for when Lyon decide to let the Frenchman depart (Daily Record).
In recent weeks, Celtic fans have had to listen to speculation regarding several English clubs who are apparently interested in his signature (Daily Record).
However, despite all of that, Lyon have yet to agree a fee with anyone. And speaking about his star-striker over the weekend, chairman Jean-Michel Aulas confirmed he wouldn’t be sold in January (TalkSPORT).
That’s enough for us. When a chairman comes out and says categorically that a player won’t be sold, it’s difficult to be convinced otherwise.
Lyon can’t go back on their word
It doesn’t matter how much money Lyon are offered now, Aulas can’t go back on a statement like that. If he tried to then the supporters would vilify him for it. Selling your top striker in January is a real no-no for a club of Lyon’s size in any case.
And therefore there’s no point continuing to get our hopes up for any supposed windfall this month. If anything, it would appear more likely that any cash injection will come at the end of the season.
Dembele has had another decent campaign with the Ligue 1 side. Already this term he’s bagged 13 goals in 27 appearances (Transfermarkt), and that’s following on from his 20-goal haul last season too. Therefore, he’s well on course to finish this campaign stronger than he did in 2019.
His move to France has certainly been the right one for his career, but it doesn’t look as though he’s going to be staying there for much longer.
It’s not as if Celtic are in desperate need of the money. This isn’t particularly worth pretending that it’ll be the key to 10-in-a-row. If anything, it might be enough to get us a new player – it all depends on how much he’s sold for.
Regardless, until a bid is accepted, there’s nothing to look forward to anyway. And the Lyon chairman’s words in recent days proves we won’t be getting anything in January