Moussa Dembele linked with Celtic exit


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AC Milan are in talks with Moussa Dembele’s representatives as they try to force through a move for the Celtic striker, according to reports in the British press.

The 20-year-old enjoyed a stunning first campaign in Scotland, scoring 17 league goals in 29 Scottish Premiership games.

He scored 32 goals in total following his £500,000 move from Fulham last summer and the youngster helped the club secure a domestic treble.

Dembele quickly became a fans’ favourite after scoring a hat-trick in his first match against Rangers but his form has caught the attention of clubs in Europe.

Although he missed the last six games of the season with a hamstring injury, Dembele did enough to impress Milan, Borussia Dortmund and Chelsea scouts.

The 18-time Italian champions have reportedly made the first move and are hoping to finalise the deal this month.

Milan’s new Chinese owners are planning a major overhaul after the club finished sixth this season but Dembele may stay put.

When asked about his future last month, he told the Daily Mail: “I’ve got a four-year contract here so it’s just speculation.

I haven’t said that I’m going to leave the club. “There is always room for development, especially when you have a manager like Brendan Rodgers.

“You want to play in the Champions League and I’ve had the chance to do it this season. I think Celtic is the best place for me to be.”

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