Marseille hold talks with Celtic about Moussa Dembele transfer

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 18: Moussa Dembele of Celtic  celebrates after he scores the opening goal from the penalty spot during the Ladbrokes Scottish
Image: Moussa Dembele scored 32 times as Celtic won a domestic treble last term

Marseille have held talks with Celtic about the potential transfer of striker Moussa Dembele.

Sky Sports News understands discussion took place in Glasgow on Saturday when Marseille played Rangers in a pre-season friendly, with Celtic asking for a fee in the region of £20m.

But it is believed Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers would not be prepared to sell Dembele until after their final Champions League qualifying game in August.

Moussa Dembele will miss his second game with a knee problem
Image: Brendan Rodgers wants to wait until after their Champions League qualifier to sell

The 21-year-old signed for the Hoops last summer after Celtic paid a £500,000 development fee following the expiration of his Fulham contract.

Dembele has three years left on his current Celtic deal, while Chelsea and West Ham United tried to sign the forward in January.

Fulham's Moussa Dembele celebrates scoring
Image: Moussa Dembele scored tonne of goals at Fulham and came close to joining Spurs

French striker Dembele scored 32 times last season to help Celtic win a domestic treble.

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In January 2016, Dembele came close to joining Tottenham but the club were not prepared to meet Fulham's condition that he be loaned back to the club for the remainder of the season.

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