Chelsea are reportedly interested in signing 20-year-old Celtic striker Moussa Dembele, who has scored 32 goals in all competitions this season.
Dembele joined Celtic last summer and Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers believes the 20-year-old striker, who Chelsea reportedly tried to sign in January, will leave Celtic in 2018.
“I believed when Moussa came that he probably had two-year cycle,” Rodgers said as quoted by Daily Express.
“That’s what I saw. For me, I still think that’s the case. All the conversations I have with him I have no doubt he loves it here.
“He needs another year of Champions League experience and the confidence of scoring goals and playing for such a big club, and probably then it’ll be time to fly.
“That’s the modern game. The big clubs in Europe are always crying out for a centre forward.
“It’s just a natural process where if you’re on X amount of money and someone offers you Y amount of money, and the club get offered a ridiculous amount of money then you have to respect that.
“That’s unfortunate. I don’t like it. For me, this is a big club and we should never have to sell anyone. But because of money that is not the reality.
“If it’s the right thing to do and all parties are happy then it’s our job to make sure we’ve got the next one coming in.
“To circle it back, he’ll certainly be here right up until Champions League qualification. If there’s interest then we’ll sit down and talk about it.”