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Manchester United confident over Moussa Dembele signing

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Manchester United want the Lyon striker

Spain v France - 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship
Moussa Dembele
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Manchester United are confident of signing Lyon striker Moussa Dembele, according to a story in the Mirror newspaper.

The 23-year-old striker has played in Britain before, having appeared for Fulham before making his name in Scotland for Celtic.

He is yet to feature for the French national side but played for the under-21 side as recently as 2019. Due to the genetic nature of being human, and the irreversible advance of time, he is now too old to play for them.

Lyon president has previously explained that following the coronavirus crisis, it may be a time to sell players in order to raise funds and ensure the survival of the club. French football has already cancelled Ligue 1.

“I am going to do everything to keep the players, but players who are programmed to play in Europe could want to go elsewhere because we don’t have European football,” explained Aulas.

Manchester United could be losing Odion Ighalo in the near future, so signing a new striker to play alongside Anthony Martial, Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford could be a priority when the next transfer window opens.

Ighalo is still in England and has been spotted training in a public park as the Premier League edges towards a restart. However his loan spell is due to end at the club before the start of June.

That means that he would be back in China for Shanghai Shenhua’s season, with the currently postponed Chinese Super League set to resume in China after their own problems with the coronavirus pandemic.

There is also reportedly interest in the 30-year-old Nigerian striker from Newcastle United, who are looking to spend once the takeover of the club by the Saudi Arabian state investment fund is completed. A fee of £20 million has been mentioned, and Ighalo is on £400,000 a week in China.