BUNDESLIGA leaders RB Leipzig are reported to be ready to join the posse of clubs watching Celtic striker Moussa Dembele.
The heavily-sponsored German shock squad have already shown they are not slow to splash the cash with their £15million signing of Scotland international winger Oliver Burke from Nottingham Forest in the summer.
Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool, Spurs, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint German are just a few of the big-name clubs who have been linked with the French Under-21 strike who has claimed 17 goals this season.
Dembele cost a £500,000 development fee when he arrived from Fulham in the summer.
RB Leipzig are bracing themselves for the likely loss of top scorer Timo Werner to Bayern and the club’s sporting director Ralf Rangnick has identified the 20-year-old Hoops frontman as a likely replacement.
Over the weekend, Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell insisted that, although a cross-border loophole had allowed the Premiership leaders to land Dembele for a fraction of what any English club would have paid, there is no barrier to the the Parkhead outfit receiving full market value if and when he’s sold on.He said: “If we get £100million for him, we get £100million. What we did was we paid the compensation due. We paid the agent, as you normally do, and we’ve got a contract of employment with the player. That’s it.
‘So, if anyone offers money for Dembele, subject to the employment contract, there will be no cap.”
Dembele has stated constantly that he has no plans to leave Celtic in the immediate future and that he fancies another crack at the Champions League with the Scottish Champions and runaway league leaders next season.
Celtic conclude their involvement in this season’s Group stages tomorrow evening when they travel to Manchester City. The sides drew 3-3 in one of the most entertaining Champions League encounters of the season in September at Celtic Park.