Manchester United are preparing to make a €50 million (£43 million) bid for Lyon star Moussa Dembele, according to Foot Mercato.

The Red Devils were dealt a massive blow last week when Marcus Rashford got ruled out of action for up to three months following an injury in the Old Trafford side’s FA Cup win over Wolves.

With his star striker sidelined for the foreseeable future, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been left with only Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood as centre forward options.

It is believed that the Norwegian is unwilling to rely on Martial until the season’s end, after he squandered a great opportunity to score in the 2-0 defeat to Liverpool on Sunday.

And though Greenwood has shown great potential with his performances during the current campaign, it seems the club still needs an experienced striker to help them secure the a place in the Premier League top four.

That’s why United are reportedly willing to splash the cash to secure the services of the former Fulham and Celtic hitman Dembele, who has already notched 13 goals in 28 matches this term for the French side.

However, they have to fend off interest from their Premier League rivals Chelsea who are also determined to capture the forward’s signature,the report states.

United are a work in progress and look capable of challenging for Champions League qualification this season.

However, the departures of Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez last summer have left the Old Trafford short of options in the final third, making Rashford’s injury all the more debilitating.

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