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Report outlines transfer stance of Arsenal-linked £20m ‘pure centre-forward’, 22 goals this season

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Report outlines transfer stance of Arsenal-linked £20m ‘pure centre-forward’, 22 goals this season

Moussa Dembele is a player in demand, with Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal just one of the sides said to be keen on the Lyon sharpshooter.

According to L’Equipe, the Gunners are looking at the 23-year-old as a potential replacement for Alexandre Lacazette, while Manchester United are also said to be in pursuit.

Dembele has been in sensational form for the Ligue 1 club, claiming 22 goals and seven assists from 42 games in all competitions in 2019-20.

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His overall tally for Lyon stands at 42 goals and 13 assists from 88 appearances, more than repaying the reported £20million fee the Ligue 1 club paid Celtic for his services in 2018.

However, Lyon appear set for a huge financial blow due to the fact they have missed out entirely on Europe for next season.

The Ligue 1 campaign was curtailed prematurely in wake of the global health crisis, and the points-per-game way to settle proceedings saw them finish seventh.

Lyon could now be in need to sell their top stars this summer to bring in more funds to improve the squad and, according to ESPN, they’re looking to cash in on Dembele.

 

According to the Manchester Evening News, Dembele is committed to fulfilling his current contract with Lyon, but “is aware the situation could change”.

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Aside from Dembele’s talents, his consistency stands out – he has been prolific everywhere he’s played and is only getting better with age.

Lyon chief Juninho recently described him as a “a pure centre-forward who brings us strength and presence in the box” and “scores goals”.

Juninho, speaking at the unveiling of Zimbabwe striker Tino Kadewere, also admitted his club would need to bring in a similar striker if Dembele were to leave (Manchester Evening News), perhaps a hint over the Frenchman’s future.

Back in March, Lyon were said to want £73million for their top scorer (Le 10 Sport), which could put him out of Arsenal’s price range – but if either Lacazette or Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are sold, and/or Lyon are forced to lower their asking price further, then it wouldn’t be too unrealistic a signing.

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