Arsenal are looking into the potential signing of centre-forward Moussa Dembele from Lyon, according to a report.

Moussa Dembele of Atletico de Madrid and Jorge Pulido of SD Huesca during the La Liga match between Atletico de Madrid and SD Huesca played at Wanda Metropolitano Stadium on April 22, 2021 in Madrid, Spain. Copyright: Ruben Albarrn / PRESSINPHOTO
Moussa Dembele of Atletico de Madrid and Jorge Pulido of SD Huesca during the La Liga match between Atletico de Madrid and SD Huesca played at Wanda Metropolitano Stadium on April 22, 2021 in Madrid, Spain. Copyright: Ruben Albarrn / PRESSINPHOTO

The Telegraph report that Arsenal are considering a move for Lyon’s Moussa Dembele amid the uncertainty around the futures of current strikers Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah.

Atletico Madrid have an option to buy Dembele for £30m, but it doesn’t look hugely likely they’ll activate it right now. Assuming they don’t, Dembele would reportedly be available for around £25m.

The Telegraph add that Odsonne Edouard is also on Arsenal’s list of potential options up front.

By his standards, Dembele has had a torrid season. Following 24 goals and seven assists last campaign, he scored once in 16 games (six starts) for Lyon at the start of 2020/21.

That was followed by a loan move to Atletico Madrid, where he simply hasn’t played all that much. He’s up to 130 minutes in all competitions, partly due to a Covid infection and a knock in April, but mostly just because he hasn’t been selected.

Dembele had a previous spell in England, breaking into senior football with Fulham all the way back in 2013 – when he was just 18.

Since the 2015/16 season, Dembele’s scored 15+ goals in every campaign until this year. Once for Fulham, twice for Celtic, and twice for Lyon. But it looks like he’ll end this season without even scoring twice, so it would be a gamble for Arsenal to bring him in.

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