The Scottish giants pulled off possibly the coup of the summer when they signed the French forward on a free transfer. However, the big clubs are now starting to circle, and the free-spending Blues have thrown their names in the hat as well.
Moussa Dembele was a highly rated player even when he was playing with Fulham in England’s second division. He has only enhanced his reputation at Celtic, and now Chelsea are looking to snap up the young starlet and bring him to the Premier League.
Last week it was reported that Manchester United had joined the likes of Real Madrid and Manchester City in the long list of suitors. The Daily Record have recently reported that London giants Chelsea also sent their scouts to watch Dembele last week, as the Hoops thrashed Ross County 4-0.
Dembele has captured the attention of many of the top European clubs with his performances in Europe’s biggest competition, the UEFA Champions League. His brace against Man City helped the Hoops hold the Sky Blues to their first draw since Catalan manager Pep Guardiola was appointed.
The youngster has already notched up 15 goals in 22 appearances for Celtic in all competitions. Dembele plays as centre forward for the club, a role which is highly prized in Europe because of a dearth of top class strikers.
The interest from Chelsea and others may be flattering for the young French forward, but is unlikely that he will be leaving the club any time soon.
Dembele joined Celtic on a four-year deal, and manager Brendan Rodgers will be hoping to keep hold of his star player for as long as possible. The Hoops’ owner is also not too keen to cash in on the 20-year-old.
“We don’t need to sell any players. Hopefully we can retain him but again our job is to have players that are wanted by other clubs in the Premier League and elsewhere,” said Celtic owner Dermot Desmond, according to the same Daily Record report.
Chelsea, Real Madrid, Manchester United and Man City may have to spend a few more seasons scouting Dembele before a move materialises.