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

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Chelsea have expressed interest in Celtic’s Moussa Dembélé and have been made aware of the Scottish champions’ valuation of the striker, with the Premier League leaders now weighing up whether to lodge a formal bid in the region of £30m before Tuesday’s transfer deadline or defer their interest until the summer.

Dembélé, a France Under-21 international, began his development at Paris Saint-Germain before joining Fulham’s academy at 16 and has been prolific in Scottish football since signing a four-year contract at Celtic last summer. His 20 goals in 38 appearances include an eye-catching brace against Manchester City and an equaliser, from the penalty spot, at Borussia Mönchengladbach in the Champions League, with the forward continuing the progress he had demonstrated in the Championship last term.

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