Celtic wonderkid Karamoko Dembele is wanted by Chelsea, according to a report from 90min. They claim that the English Premier League side are ready ‘to test Celtic’s resolve’ with a bid for the 16-year-old as soon as their transfer ban is lifted.
That could be as soon as January, with Chelsea set to appeal their current transfer ban later this month.
Chelsea recently plucked Billy Gilmour from Celtic’s rivals Rangers and previously signed another young Celtic talent in Islam Feruz.
Celtic, of course, will be desperate to hold on to the teenage talent. The youngster, who has represented both Scotland and England at under-17 level, has been a well-known figure in the Celtic system for some time now.
He gained widespread media attention in 2016 when playing for the Celtic under-20s aged just 13 and, as reported by Sport, Barcelona were keen on the player before they to began to fall foul of transfer regulations.
Neil Lennon is a big fan of the teenager and gave him a first-team debut last season as Celtic defeated Hearts 2-1. As reported by the BBC, Lennon called him a ‘glimpse of the future’.
“He is the type of player that you want at Celtic.
“He gets the crowd off their feet with his football intelligence. Obviously we need to keep a lid on it, but it’s great that the fans have seen the glimpse of the future.
“The kid is 16 and we just want to develop him in the right way. He has been training with the first team and I had no hesitation giving him 45 minutes.”
But Dembele is only under contract until 2021 and Chelsea will undoubtedly be a massive lure for such a fine young talent.
Celtic might just have a fight on their hands keeping the youngster if the Blues’ transfer interest is serious.