Chelsea target Dembele, Celtic demand £40m

Premier League leaders Chelsea are considering a Deadline Day swoop for Celtic striker Moussa Dembele but will have to match the Scottish champions demands, Sky Sports report.

What’s the word?

Things have been relatively quiet at Stamford Bridge during the January transfer window and it seems the month would pass without the Premier League leaders making a move. However, perhaps fearing a late resurgence from those behind them in the table, Antonio Conte is ready to make a move.

Sky Sports have revealed that Chelsea are looking to sign Moussa Dembele from Celtic but will have to pay around £40m for the French youth international, who has excelled north of the border after joining from Fulham in the summer.

Since arriving in Glasgow, Dembele has an impressive ratio of 20 goals in 38 appearances and Chelsea want to sign the 20-year-old to bolster their offensive ranks, which raises questions as to what the future holds for their current strikers.

Will someone leave?

If Moussa Dembele was to arrive at Stamford Bridge, it would raise big questions on the future of two current strikers in West London. Diego Costa and Michy Batshuayi have both been linked with a move of some sort during this window and this signing would open the door.

Batshuayi would be unlikely to leave for two reasons. Firstly, he was only signed in the summer and, secondly, there isn’t much time left to complete a deal and Celtic will probably look to fend off interest in the striker for as long as they can.

Instead, the arrival of Dembele could facilitate a move taking Diego Costa to China. A huge fall-out occurred earlier this month amidst reported interest from the Far East and, although those issues seem to have been resolved, Costa’s long-term future is up for debate.

With the Chinese window not closing until the end of February, clubs in the Far East would have plenty of time to secure a deal for Costa.