Aston Villa make an approach for Lyon forward Moussa Dembele with the ex-Celtic man available for as little as £3m as he prepares to become a free agent this summer… with Unai Emery a huge fan of the Frenchman
- Aston Villa have made an approach to Lyon for French forward Moussa Dembele
- The ex-Celtic star’s deal expires this summer and is unlikely to sign a new one
- Villa boss Unai Emery has tracked Dembele for some time and is an admirer
The 26-year-old’s contract expires at the end of the season and he appears unlikely to sign a new one.
Aston Villa boss Unai Emery has made an approach for Lyon forward Moussa Dembele
He has made only 14 appearances, scoring two goals, in a difficult campaign for Lyon but Emery has followed Dembele closely since he was in charge at Villarreal and has long been impressed by him.
Dembele’s contractual position means he would be available for a knockdown price in this window, with a fee even as low as £3million mooted.
It remains to be seen whether Villa – or another club – make their move now or wait until the summer, when there would be more competition for his signature.
Even though Villa agreed to sell Danny Ings to West Ham in a deal worth up to £15m on Thursday, Emery’s priority in this window remains a wide forward.
The forward has also been offered to Everton with his contract set to expire in the summer
Villa’s smartest signing of recent times came from Ligue 1, with the capture of midfielder Boubacar Kamara on a free transfer last summer, after the midfielder had run down his contract with Marseille.
A deal for Dembele – who has also been offered to Everton – either in this month or at the end of the season would represent similarly smart business.
‘I want to balance the squad by trying to get another striker but only with the idea to improve us,’ said Emery on Thursday.