Former Celtic striker John Hartson believes Celtic would be tempted to cash-in on their superstar Moussa Dembele should a big-money offer come in for him this summer.
The Bhoys have been quite strong in their stance regarding the centre forward, suggesting that they will not sell the France Under-21 hotshot until their Champions League fate is known – but that has failed to stop the speculation forming around the former Fulham man.
Dembele had an excellent first season at Celtic Park which has reportedly got the likes of Chelsea, Sevilla, Marseille and AC Milan circling for his services and the former Wales international believes his old club could succumb to the weight of a huge bid.
Hartson gave his opinion on the situation at a media event for his foundation.
“When there’s a bid there, down on email, with the amount of £25million written on it, it’s very hard to turn that down,” he was quoted as saying by the Evening Times.
“Listen, Dembele might stay. But it’s an awful lot of money people are talking about.
“Whether Brendan can coax him to stay for one more year, who knows?
“That would be the ideal situation.
“But it’s fine when people talk about big money coming in for him and turning that down.
“I think the club will know even now what they want to do. Brendan will be working now on it.
“He’ll be sitting on holiday somewhere but his phone won’t stop ringing. He’ll be looking to see how he can add to this terrific group he’s got. In terms of timing, if they are going to let Dembele go they have to get somebody in.
“They may not lose him but I just think with that type of bid it could be difficult to turn that down when you’ve only paid £400,000 for him. It would be great if they could hold onto him because they could end up getting more than £25million. If he goes down to England and scores 25 goals in his first season then he’s worth £75million next season. That’s how crazy football is now.”
Dembele scored 32 goals in 49 appearances in his first campaign as a Celtic player to get the attention of the super clubs.
Hartson’s warning will not have been what Bhoys fans wanted to hear with the speculation over the 20-year-old showing no sign of ending soon.