GUARDIOLA TO SPEND BIG ON DEMBELE

Manchester City would have to break the bank if they were to land Celtic sensation Moussa Dembele, going by latest news in Britain. Celtic manager Brendan Rogers has insisted that the Citizens would pay heavily if they want to lure Dembele away from the Scottish giant.

The Daily Mail reported that City manager Pep Guardiola is preparing a bid of £20 million for the young player, in a bid to snap him before other top sides make a serious move. The France Under-21 international is attracting serious interests from many following his sterling display for Celtic.

Rodgers is determined to hold on to his star player. He wants the player to remain beyond the forthcoming transfer window but would demand top dollar to allow the transfer.

“Celtic will never have to worry about having to lose anyone for a sum of money that’s not relative to talent. Gone are the days when someone’s going to look at the Scottish market and think: ‘We’ll get someone out of Celtic because it’s Scottish football…” the former Liverpool manager said.

There is serious speculation that Guardiola might sanction the bid for Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk. Guardiola has had a rocky start to the Premier League and is focused on turning the team to wining ways.

“A talent is a talent and, without being arrogant, I know what it looks like. World class players. I know what talent’s like,” Rodgers added.

Celtic sold Van Dijk to Southampton for £13 million 18 months ago. Reports say City would have to splash at least £50 million for the Saints to release the Dutchman.

Sevilla would have to pay £21 million to get Samir Nasri on a permanent deal, as the player has been decent for the La Liga side since joining. City could use this to finance Virgil’s deal by topping what is left. For Dembele, it would not come cheap either.


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