With Newcastle United on the verge of a takeover, the Magpies have been linked with several high-profile players and coaches amid the prospect of St James’ Park having a huge budget going forward.
According to Bleacher Report, sources linked to the prospective new Newcastle owners have deemed Lyon forward Moussa Dembele a “possible option” in the upcoming transfer window.
The report claims that Newcastle will be aiming for players “in the bracket beneath Griezmann and co”, and the 23-year-old, who has 22 goals and seven assists from 42 games in all competitions this season, is believed to fit the bill.
Dembele has previously been linked with the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea (talkSPORT), with a £60million price tag mentioned.
France Football has now reported that Lyon have a possible replacement in mind – Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard, a player they were looking to move for in case Dembele left in the winter and who they remain “attentive” towards, given his “high potential”.
Aside from Dembele’s talents, his consistency stands out – he has been prolific everywhere he’s played and is only getting better with age, with praise regularly heading his way.
In 2016, Pep Guardiola was asked by the Daily Mail about Manchester City’s reported interest in Dembele at the time, and he replied: “The quality (in Dembele) is there. He is an exceptional player.”
That said, Edouard is also a high-calibre player – 60 goals and 31 assists in 126 Celtic appearances – and, like Dembele, has been linked with a Newcastle move (Daily Star).
As a transfer chain, it’s not unrealistic – hypothetically, Edouard could seek a new challenge back in his native France, joining a sleeping giant which won seven titles in a row in the 2000s and seeking to help them knock his former side off their perch.
This would enable Dembele to return to Britain, where he impressed with Fulham and Celtic, to undertake a new challenge of his own with another sleeping giant which will seek to bring the good times back to Tyneside.