Celtic can’t shake off Dembele interest with German club latest in for striker

According to a report in the Daily Mail this morning, Bundesliga club Red Bull Leipzig are the latest club to show interest in Celtic striker Moussa Dembele.

What’s the story?

As discussed by FootballFanCast last week, the chase for Dembele is real and rumours are growing that he could be set for a move away from Celtic just months after joining from Fulham.

The Mail reports that the promise of first-team football is what RB Leipzig are hoping lures the ambitious Dembele to Germany, something that Premier League competitors may not be able to offer.

The report says that with Leipzig star Timo Werner attracting attention from Bayern, Leipzig are willing to put their spending power to good use to attract one of Europe’s in-form strikers.

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Should Celtic cash in?

The Glasgow club are in a tricky spot here. Sell Dembele, and they lose their best striker with only one other at the club capable of scoring regularly (Leigh Griffiths). Keep him, and there’s no guarantee he’ll ever reach the same sort of valuations being bandied about in the press recently again.

It certainly wouldn’t make fans happy with the Parkhead faithful taking Dembele to their hearts this season, though.

Dembele seems happy, too, and despite not scoring at the weekend he was part of a stunning comeback at Fir Park which saw the Scottish champions come from behind twice to win 4-3 against Motherwell.

A full season at Celtic represents the chance for Dembele to win serious silverware with a historic treble a real possibility, never mind the prospect of going unbeaten domestically.

The smart move here appears to be waiting until the summer at least, with Dembele likely to be key in qualifiers for the Champions League.

If he can help bag European qualification for a second season in a row, along with winning a clean sweep of trophies in Scotland, he could possibly leave Glasgow in August with the full backing of the fans.

January feels like too soon for 17-goal striker to depart but that’s unlikely to worry the likes of Leipzig and Liverpool.