Diego Costa has left, a competition has been announced for a new Atletico striker, and Moussa Dembele could win. Although he was not the first candidate, the price of the Lyon member have jumped drastically in recent days, and influential Spanish and French media report that the two clubs are negotiating a move to Madrid.
And in the form of a loan. First of all, because, as As notes, the Colchonieros do not want to spend too much money in times of global crisis, so the loaned center forward comes as an ideal solution until the next transfer deadline.
L'Equipe adds that sports director Juninho Pernambucano and coach Rudi Garcia will not stand in Dembele's way, and he supports the information by knowing that the 24-year-old player wants a change of environment and that he likes the idea of playing for Atletico.
How could he not, when it comes to the leader of La Liga and a participant in the eighth 1/16th finals of the Champions League? Dembele is not playing this season like the previous two. He gave only one goal in 16 games before the shoulder injury, due to which he was not in the competition for the last two rounds, which is a drastically weaker performance if we compare the competition 2018/19 and 2019/20 when he represented a total of 20 and 24 goals, respectively.
Lyon's top scorer in those two seasons. Proven, good, ruthless, confirmed in Celtic, Diego Simeone needs him to cooperate with Joao Felix and Luis Suarez in the fight for the title of champion of Spain and a possible campaign for the European throne.
Atletico has already submitted an offer to Lyon, which includes a loan until the end of the season, and then a possible buyout (the existing contract is valid until 2023) if Moussa Dembele shows up. The French are interested in cooperation and everything points to a handshake.
Even the English media conclude that, transmitting the information that the former member of Fulham refused to move to West Ham, to be a replacement for Sebastian Haller, since he is about to sign for Ajax.
Interestingly, Dembele was not Atletico's first option in the form of a replacement for the fired Diego Costa.
They picked out Akradiusz Milik, but failed to reach an agreement with Napoli, he wanted Raul de Tomas but it didn't happen because Espanyol was demanding 60,000,000 euros in compensation. He liked Willian Jose from Sociedad, but his price was still bigger (70,000,000), Loren Moron from Betis, according to Simone, does not guarantee goals (only one this season), Cedric Bakambu was also mentioned (looking for a way out of Beijing Guan), but they would also have to pay The Chinese.
Hence, Musa Dembele. The cheapest solution. Perhaps the best of all. Instead of Dembele, L'Equipe reports that Lyon could hire Islam Slimani, an Algerian who does not play in Leicester. Only once this season a 32-year-old striker was on the pitches of the Premier League, and the fact that his contract with Leicester expires in half a year could make it easier for him to return to Ligue 1, where he already wore the Monaco jersey.