Arsenal join race to sign 23-year-old Ligue 1 centre-forward

The London giants have renewed their transfer interest in Moussa Dembele and have made contact with the Lyon centre-forward’s entourage, according to reports in France.

Arsenal are in danger of losing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this summer with the 30-year-old striker yet to put pen to paper on a new long-term contract and attracting interest from Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Gunners are putting things in place to replace Gabon international should he leave and Arsenal have recently reiterated their interest in the centre-forward. Gunners were said to be plotting a move for U21 France international late last year when there was concerned they might lose Auba to Blaugrana mid-way through the campaign.

Moussa has been heavily linked with a switch to Chelsea and Man United in recent months, but Gunners are the Premier League club who have most recently been in touch about a transfer. Gunners, like Blues and Red Devils, scouted Dembele several times before covid19 shut down the 2019/20 campaign.

The 23-year-old striker scored 16 goals in Ligue 1 before France banned sporting events until September. The former Celtic and Fulham forward has proven himself yet again in Ligue 1 and is thought to be open to a move back to England.

Lyon are prepared to cash in on the Frenchman and in normal circumstances would expect a significant fee for the prolific striker, who is valued at nearly £60m by his club. However, the financial fall-out of the covid19 pandemic is expected to have a significant impact on transfer fees and asking prices.

Gunners are set to focus their efforts on signing free agents and agreeing on swap deals after suffering financially from the covid19 pandemic.