Manchester United ‘preparing £43m bid’ for Moussa Dembele as they look to hijack Chelsea’s pursuit of Lyon star
- Manchester United are heavily depleted in attack after Marcus Rashford’s injury
- The Red Devils are reportedly eyeing up Lyon striker Moussa Dembele
- The Chelsea target has scored 13 goals in 28 games for Lyon this season
Manchester United have joined Chelsea in the race for Moussa Dembele by ‘preparing a £43million bid’ for the Lyon striker.
According to Foot Mercato, the Red Devils are set to make an initial offer of £43m plus bonuses for the former Fulham and Celtic forward.
United’s problems in attack have increased in the past week following Marcus Rashford’s injury after the England striker was ruled out for up to three months with a double stress fracture in his back suffered in their FA Cup third-round replay win over Wolves.
Manchester United are ‘preparing a £43million bid’ for Lyon striker Moussa Dembele
According to Foot Mercato, United’s offer will include bonuses for the 23-year-old forward
The 22-year-old striker has struggled with a back problem for some time and uses a Melmak fracture healing device to ease the pain with ultrasound.
And with Rashford out for the foreseeable future, United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has only Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood at his centre-forward disposal.
And in a bid to ease the burden on Martial and Greenwood, Solskjaer has reportedly turned his attention toward luring Dembele to Old Trafford.
The 23-year-old, who is also a Chelsea target, has scored 13 goals in 28 appearances in all competitions this season – including the decisive strike in their 4-3 Ligue 1 win at Nantes on Saturday.
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is in need of bolstering his options in attack
Marcus Rashford will miss up to three months of action due to a stress fracture in his back
Despite the wide-ranging interest in the striker, Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has ruled out selling Dembele in January.
Speaking on RMC last week, he said: ‘We have not changed our minds. We already made this issue clear in August.
‘Moussa is an excellent player. A player who we need.
‘We are taking explicit measures in our recruitment to not bring someone in who will compete for his position. It is not a question of money. Moussa will be with us.’
Dembele, a Chelsea target too, has scored 13 goals in 28 games for Lyon so far this season