Red Devils want Moussa Dembele

-Ikenna Okafor

Manchester United, according to reports, have reignited their interest in Lyon striker Moussa Dembele. The 26-year-old French forward has been linked with United in past windows. However, Cristiano Ronaldo’s sensational return to Old Trafford last summer meant a move for the former Fulham player never came to be.

The report from news outlets claim that the Red Devils are set on exploring a deal for Dembele, amidst uncertainty over the futures of Ronaldo and Martial.

The five-time Ballon D’Or winner is reliably said to have requested for a move from the Theatre of Dreams, less than one year since his return to the club. Ronaldo has been linked with moves away to Chelsea, Bayern Munich, and Napoli, who, unlike United, could offer the 37-year-old Champions League football.

United number 9 and French international Martial’s future at the club is also not assured, with reports indicating that the Red Devils would be looking for offers for the Frenchman in an effort to get his bloated salary off the wage bill.

The report states, “Manchester United are working to relaunch contacts for Lyon striker Moussa Dembélé in secret. If Cristiano Ronaldo leaves, his departure will be compensated by one or two signings – Dembélé could be one of those arrivals.”

The Red Devils appear to be intensifying their search for a striker to replace Ronaldo, whose time at Old Trafford seems to have come to an end. With Ajax’s Antony being effectively priced out of a move at €80m, a figure United are unwilling to meet, it could very well be that a move for Dembele could be on the cards.

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