Our View: Depay injury leaves January Celtic cash boost from Dembele sale unlikely

By John McGinley

December 19, 2019

Celtic’s hopes of receiving a major January cash boost from the sale of former striker Moussa Dembele have faded greatly this week after an injury sustained by Lyon attacker Memphis Depay.

As reported by The Daily Record in August, Celtic are due to receive a ‘significant sell-on fee’ if and when the Frenchman does leave the Ligue 1 outfit.

Transfer speculation surrounding the Glasgow derby specialist has been fierce in recent months.

ESPN reported in late October that Manchester United were keen on signing the player, a claim that came shortly after The Daily Mail reported that he is valued at £71m by Lyon.

More recently, The Mail have reported that Chelsea are tracking his progress, having sent scouts to watch him in action on December 10th.

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However, surely now Lyon will be hesitant to let go of one of their main goalscorers?

Depay, after all, is expected to be missing for the rest of Lyon’s season after suffering an ACL injury in Sunday’s defeat to our European foes Rennes (Marca).

Lack of goal talent

A look at Lyon’s season shows that they’ve been quite reliant on Depay to hit the back of the net. He’s currently their top scorer, with 14 in all competitions.

Dembele meanwhile is the only other Lyon star to hit double figures.

Rather shockingly, their next highest goalscorer only has three for the season so far (Transfermarkt).

It seems unthinkable then that the French club would consider any offer in the upcoming transfer window that would result in any kind of mid-season cash boost to Celtic.

Lyon don’t appear to be a club that are in any particular need to sell either, especially after receiving a monster £52.8m fee for Tanguy Ndombele during the Summer (BBC).

If anything, Dembele will have more responsibility on his shoulders to step up and show scoring consistency.

Former Celtic striker Moussa Dembele / (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Celtic well-placed regardless

While it’s obviously going to be a significant bonus for us if one day Dembele does sign for a cash-rich club, it’s not as if we’re sitting waiting on it. Our business in January is unlikely to be impacted, we’re not reliant.

If our former hero goes on to have a storming second half of the season, we might even be on the verge of receiving a greater amount of money.

Lyon are struggling in the league this season, currently in eighth position, but have a mouth-watering Champions League tie against Juventus on the horizon. Dembele will be expected to be the main man on the highest stage.

We know he can do that and, fortunately, it seems every goal he scores from now on could just result in a little bit more money for his old team in Glasgow.