Manchester United in contact with Celtic for French marksman

Moussa Dembele Celtic

Manchester United are reportedly maintaining their interest in Celtic forward Moussa Dembele despite failing with a summer approach to pursue his signature. The France Under-21 international had a stunning first season with the Scottish champions last term, netting 32 goals across all competitions.

As a result, the 21-year-old has almost been associated with every Premier League club, but L’Equipe h/t Metro claim that United were the Frenchman’s main suitors during the last transfer window.

The former Fulham ace was keen to stay put with Celtic for the season, and this has not much of an impact on United, who spent an initial £75m to pursue Romelu Lukaku from Everton.

Jose Mourinho’s side also opted to offer a one-year contract to veteran marksman Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and the Swede has made a quick recovery to feature in recent games against Newcastle United and Basel.

As per the source, United could come forward for Dembele’s services ahead of next summer’s transfer window, and the Hoops are likely to be helpless in their quest to keep hold of their leading striker.

United already have the likes of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial, who can comfortably slot into the centre-forward role, but Dembele can be a valuable contributor owing to his consistency.

The Frenchman has notched seven goals in 12 appearances this campaign, including the opening goal against Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday night – a game which eventually ended in a 7-1 humiliation for Celtic at Parc des Princes.

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