Moussa Dembele's stunning scoring form could mean more good news for Celtic

By John McGinley

May 22, 2022

Former Celtic striker Moussa Dembele has scored 17 goals in his last 18 league matches, raising his transfer value significantly ahead of the summer transfer window.

His latest came last night in a 2-1 victory away to Clermont, signing off the season in style.

Dembele had a great campaign in France, netting 22 goals in all competitions. However, it’s his form since the turn of the year that has really caught the eye.

He’s only failed to score in four of Lyon’s league games since mid-January, taking the captain’s armband and stringing together the kind of consistency that will make cash-rich clubs sit up and take notice.

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Celtic can benefit from Dembele sale

His contract expires at Lyon in 2023, meaning the French club will have to sell him this summer or somehow convince him to sign a new contract.

Arsenal and Manchester United have both been credited with an interest in the player, as recently as March. [FootMercato]

It’s all relevant to Celtic because the Bhoys are said to have a sell-on clause in the region of 10%-15%, on any Lyon profit made above the £19.8m they spent to sign him from the Bhoys. [Daily Record]

In this kind of form, there could be a decent seven-figure fee on the way to the Bhoys, even taking into account his contract status.

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Strikers continue to command a high premium, especially with a number of big clubs on the verge of a rebuild heading into next season.

Given Lyon finished eighth in the league and don’t have European football to look forward to, could we finally see Dembele on the move?

In other news, Kenny Dalglish talks up 8-figure financial advantage Celtic now have over Rangers.