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Sport Race for Dembele hots up as Fiorentina enter the fray

17:09  08 december  2017
17:09  08 december  2017 Source:

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According to reports in Italian outlet La Nazione, Serie A side Fiorentina are the latest side to show an interest in Hoops striker Moussa Dembele, the Daily Record report.

Dembele is fast becoming one of Europe’s most talked about youngsters, with Borussia Dortmund, Arsenal, Paris Saint-Germain and AC Milan all reportedly monitoring the 21-year old’s situation.

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Reports are now suggesting that Fiorentina have also joined the race for the French youngster, and are preparing an offer for the upcoming January window, along with Premier League side Brighton who are also preparing a bid, believed to be in the region of £20 million.

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The striker has found the back of the net eight times this season in 16 appearances, during an injury-hit campaign so far.

With so much interest in the young forward, Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers faces a huge task next month to try and persuade Dembele to remain at Celtic Park for the rest of the season.

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Celtic aiming to have Compper deal wrapped up by Christmas .
As previously reported, Celtic were looking to sign centre-back, Marvin Compper, and as a report in The Daily Record suggests, the Champions are well on the way to securing a move and could be done as early as Christmas. The 32-year-old who has fallen out of favour at RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga also has experience playing in Italy with Fiorentina and looks to be available in a deal worth around £1 million. Compper, originally born in Germany, has been said to have had a VIP tour of Parkhead as the Glasgow Giants look to secure this transfer. The experienced defender fits what Brendan Rodgers will be looking for as he is keen to strengthen what has been a shaky and unsettled defence. Twitter: #Celtic pretty positive about their chances of signing Leipzig central defender Marvin Compper in Jan. 32-year-old… (@BBCchrismclaug) Injuries to Jozo Simunovic and Dedryck Boyata have meant that Nir Bitton has had to play out of position in the defence on many occasions this season and despite putting in some good shifts, Celtic really need two central defenders they can rely on if they want to progress as a team. The only downside to this possible move is that Compper would be ineligible to play when the Hoops face Zenit St. Petersburg in the last 32 of the Europa League, after playing for Leipzig in European football earlier in the season.

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