As per one of the latest reports, Manchester United have started negotiations in order to lure Celtic’s sensational striker, Moussa Dembele, to the Old Trafford. Dembele has been on the radar of many top quality sides across Europe and apparently, it seems that the Red Devils are set to leave no stone unturned to add them to their ranks.

Under the tutelage of Brendan Rodgers, the Hoops clinched the domestic treble last season and Dembele played a key role in such an appealing achievement, as he kept banging goals left, right and centre. His attacking prowess and clinical ability in the final third made him register his name in the good books of the football fraternity very early in his career.

The Frenchman emerged through the youth ranks of Paris Saint-Germain and Fulham and was then promoted to the senior side of the latter. His fine goalscoring run attracted Celtic’s attention and in the summer of 2016, he was introduced to the Celtic Park and went on to score 32 goals in 48 games across all competitions for his current employers.

He has kept the momentum going this season as well as he has bagged 7 goals in 12 appearances in all competitions. Apart from Manchester United, two other Premier League heavyweights in the shapes of Chelsea and Arsenal are also reported to be closely monitoring Dembele’s progress. However, letting him leave would be a massive blunder by the Hoops.

Dembele’s strengths lie in his raw pace, his ability to create space for himself as well as the way he reads the game. Despite being a 21-year-old, the youngster has shown immense maturity and calmness and thrives well with his predatory instincts. He is good in the air, is creative enough to be a boon for his teammates and keeps opposition defenders on their toes.

Celtic were humiliated by PSG in their latest outing earlier this week in the Champions League as the Ligue 1 outfit secured a 7-1 win. Rodgers’ men might be a productive side in Scottish competitions but from the manner they have plied their trade in the elite club level competition in Europe, they are still far from being a fearsome side in the continent.

They have been progressing slowly but surely and any if they lose a key asset like Dembele, it might take them a step or two backward. Besides, the striker needs to brush himself further and showcase his talents in crunch situations as well, something he hasn’t really shown much, and staying at the Glasgow based club for one more season should be beneficial to the Bhoys as well as Dembele.

 

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Prasoon is a law student who lives in the North East of India. Wildly innovative, football is more than a passion for him.