At 25, Moussa Dembélé arrives at a turning point in the Lyon adventure. At the end of the contract in a year, the French striker attracts attention and arouses envy everywhere in Europe and especially in England.
A good old habit. Throughout his career, Moussa Dembélé had to manage the many rumors and the multiple solicitations of clubs when it came time for the transfer window. It started in 2012 when he left Paris Saint-Germain, his training club, at the age of 16, to fly to Fulham. At the time, moreover, Liverpool had also flashed on the native of Pontoise. A media and sporting pressure that slipped on the Frenchman, comfortable in his sneakers. A few years later, when he exploded at Celtic, his name once again made headlines in France and Europe.
A regular in the transfer window
Regularly associated with Premier League teams, Moussa Dembélé had mainly been linked to French clubs in the summer of 2018. Indeed, Olympique de Marseille and Olympique Lyonnais had fought a merciless battle to conquer his heart. And after a long summer soap opera, widely relayed in the French and British press, the Gones had succeeded in recruiting the center forward, long retained by the Scots. The following years, the footballer born in 96 continued his merry way in Lyon, while being mentioned in the English press where his development was always closely followed.
In the winter of 2020, Chelsea had also approached the player to try to recruit him without success. A year later, it was in Spain that he made people talk about him since Atlético de Madrid was seduced by profile. A few weeks later, he joined the Madrid club on a six-month loan, very rewarding alongside Luis Suarez, among others, and under the management of Diego Siemone with the key to a La Liga title. Back in Lyon last summer, Moussa Dembélé was at the heart of some rumours. But all that was stopped dead when Peter Bosz and President Aulas convinced the player to stay. A paying choice since Moussa Dembélé responded perfectly once on the ground.
A cannonball end to the season
Vice-captain at the start of the season, he took power within the team until he had the armband and the leadership at the end of the season. A season that he finished as a cannonball with 9 goals in the last 7 days of Ligue 1. In total, he finished this 2021-22 financial year with 5 assists and 22 goals in 36 matches in all competitions (32 starts) . The club’s top scorer, the Frenchman, 21 goals in L1, took third place in the championship scorers’ rankings with Martin Terrier (Rennes) behind Kylian Mbappé (PSG, 28 goals) and Wissam Ben Yedder (Monaco, 25 goals).
All this while having missed about two and a half months of competition due to an injury and having been in a tough team this year. A performance that impressed a certain Jean-Pierre Papin. “I really like this style of centre-forward. When you have a beast like Dembélé in front, you have to play for him, which was not done enough during the first part of the season. He is good in the head, powerful, he has all the panoply of a modern striker and his chances/goals ratio is better than in previous seasons, he is more influential for his team..
The Premier League has not forgotten him
An opinion shared by many clubs. After this good year on a personal level, Moussa Dembélé attracted the attention of several teams in Europe, especially in England. A country where he was partly trained, he who at 17 was the second youngest player to start in the Premier League at the time, and where his rating remains high. Indeed, he has the advantage of knowing British culture and football perfectly after his spells at Fulham and Celtic. He is fluent in the language as well. To all this, it must be added that his profile, well known by English clubs, is still as popular as ever.
As noted on our site, Manchester United have overseen him on several occasions this season. The Mancunians are still watching him according to our information. The Red Devils, who want to replace Lingard and Cavani at the end of the contract, have put the Frenchman’s name on their list. But this quest for a No. 9, more to be the rotation, is on stand-by for the moment since the Mancunians have as a priority to compensate for the departures of Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic in the middle while recruiting in central defense. Arsenal, who also observed it this year, are still there as is Tottenham.
The player is not rushing for his future
According to our information, other Premier League residents are also following his case. While England is the logical and preferred destination in the event of departure, Moussa Dembélé also has suitors abroad. Italian clubs, who want to try to get him free in a year, as well as Sevilla, who took the temperature for him, are on the lookout. But all these clubs will have to deal with the desires of OL and the player. Regarding Les Gones, the door is not closed one year from the end of Dembélé’s contract. The idea is to try to recover cash and avoid a free start in 2023.
While his price was set at 33 million euros last year during the deal with Atlético, he could leave this time for around 25 million euros. An affordable price for stables, especially in England. But Lyon must also do with the will of the player. The latter is in no hurry to leave, we were told. The idea was never to leave to leave in his mind. But he will listen if a proposal, combining both an interesting sports project and a coherent financial offer, arises. Accustomed to managing transfer windows, Moussa Dembélé knows that this summer of 2022 will be hectic whatever happens. Whether he leaves or stays at OL.