Chelsea weighing up £30m deadline-day offer for Celtic’s Moussa Dembélé

Chelsea weighing up £30m deadline-day supply for Celtic’s Moussa Dembélé

Chelsea have expressed curiosity in Celtic’s Moussa Dembélé and have been made conscious of the Scottish champions’ valuation of the striker, with the Premier League leaders now weighing up whether or not to lodge a proper bid within the area of £30m earlier than the switch deadline on Tuesday night time or defer their curiosity till the summer time.

Dembélé, a France Below-21 worldwide, started his growth at Paris Saint-Germain earlier than becoming a member of Fulham’s academy at 16 and has been prolific in Scottish soccer since signing a four-year contract at Celtic final summer season. His 20 targets in 38 appearances embrace an eye-catching double against Manchester City and an equaliser, from the penalty spot, at Borussia Mönchengladbach in the Champions League, with the ahead persevering with the progress he had demonstrated within the Championship final time period.

Chelsea have expressed curiosity in Celtic’s Moussa Dembélé and have been made conscious of the Scottish champions’ valuation of the striker, with the Premier League leaders now weighing up whether or not to lodge a proper bid within the area of £30m earlier than the switch deadline on Tuesday night time or defer their curiosity till the summer time.

Moussa Dembélé joined Celtic last summer from Fulham. Photograph Russell Cheyne
Moussa Dembélé joined Celtic last summer from Fulham. Photograph Russell Cheyne

Dembélé, a France Beneath-21 worldwide, started his growth at Paris Saint-Germain earlier than becoming a member of Fulham’s academy at 16 and has been prolific in Scottish soccer since signing a four-year contract at Celtic final summer time. His 20 objectives in 38 appearances embrace an eye-catching double against Manchester City and an equaliser, from the penalty spot, at Borussia Mönchengladbach in the Champions League, with the ahead persevering with the progress he had demonstrated within the Championship final time period.

Ivanovic has introduced down the curtain on a glittering nine-year spell at Chelsea after agreeing a contract to 2019, with scope for an additional 12 months, at Zenit. The Serb, who scored in Saturday’s FA Cup fourth-round victory over Brentford, has travelled to Russia to bear a medical and can depart Stamford Bridge having proved to be probably the greatest incoming transfers of the Roman Abramovich period. The £9.7m signing from Lokomotiv Moscow in 2008 claimed two Premier League titles, three FA Cups, a League Cup, a Champions League and the profitable aim in a Europa League last on the membership.

“He has performed lots of video games for this membership, and gained loads for this membership,” stated Conte of Ivanovic, who misplaced his place within the Premier League after the loss at Arsenal on 24 September and has been restricted to cameos ever since. “He’s 32 and, I believe, he can play for a few years. He’s capable of proceed his profession in the correct means on the prime stage, sure. However it’s vital additionally to respect the choice of the participant, above all for such a participant: a legend of the membership. If you’re not enjoying rather a lot, you possibly can resolve to make one other determination. To go in one other group. However I’ve nice respect for him and for one of these participant.”

Kolasinac, like Ivanovic, is out of contract this summer season, although Schalke have been resisting Chelsea’s makes an attempt to signal him on Monday night time. The 23-year-old, who has 17 caps for Bosnia and Herzegovina, had been anticipated to affix Juventus on the finish of the season however is known to have an interest within the probability to maneuver to the Premier League. Chelsea would pay round £6m for a participant who was capped at under-20 degree by Germany and who can function at centre-half, left-back or, doubtlessly, central midfield to supply varied choices for Conte, whereas they’re additionally in talks with Internazionale over a mortgage transfer for French winger Jonathan Biabiany. The 28-year-old has but to make a Serie A look this season.

Conte believes his workforce can inflict a major psychological blow on Liverpool by successful at Anfield, inflicting a fourth consecutive defeat on their hosts. “For positive, it will be a tough hit, mentally, for them [if they lose],” stated Conte. “However, I repeat: there are 15 video games after this, and 45 factors obtainable earlier than the season finishes. For that reason I feel the result’s necessary, however the end result doesn’t resolve the season of Chelsea or Liverpool. And Liverpool are a group who’re very harmful.

“This recreation is essential for them, however it’s additionally necessary for us to win. I repeat: when there are these video games between two nice opponents, it’s essential to win to extend your confidence and to maintain them behind us with the suitable distance. Actually, I feel we go there as a distinct workforce [from the one that succumbed 2-1 to these opponents at Stamford Bridge in September]. We grew loads since that defeat. Six months, our work is unbelievable, above all when you examine our place now to final season, however we nonetheless have room to enhance.”

 

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