English Premier League giants Everton want Celtic star Moussa Dembele to replace want-away striker Romelu Lukaku.
The Merseysiders look ready to cash in on £60 million rated Belgian, who refused to sign a new deal at Goodison this week, and manager Ronald Koeman has earmarked the hoops front-man has his first choice replacement.
Lukaku has been in red-hot form this season taking the Toffee’s up to 7th in the table and only 6th points off that coveted fourth place spot and Champions League qualification that comes with it.
However he has stated his belief that he doesn’t think Everton have the resources to challenge consistently at the highest level – where he believes he has the talent to flourish.
The big powerful front man is bound to be on the radar off most of Europe’s top clubs and even with just over a year to run on his contract they can expect offers of £50 million+ in the summer.
And it is believed they would be willing to sanction at least half of that in their bid to find a replacement and have been keeping a watchful eye on Celtic’s 20 year old French sensation.
A summer bid of between £25-30 million will certainly tempt Celtics hand but the biggest stumbling block may be Dembele himself who, like Lukaku, has ambitions far beyond Goodison Park with illustrious names like Real Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester United also being linked with an interest in him.
It is well known that Dembele prioritises first team football at this stage of his career and he is likely to be left on the bench or sent out on loan at one of the major clubs so Everton’s trump card could be offering the role of main striker for an established top 7 club in England.
Despite hitting over 30 goals and building up an amazing rapport with the Celtic fans in his first season in Glasgow since joining the club from Fulham, it is looking unlikely he will stay at the club for another season with a growing reputation and price tag making one of the continents hottest properties.
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