Everton might consider targeting Lyon’s center-forward Moussa Dembele this summer, as the 26-year-old is available on a free transfer, relays the EvertonNews.
While the Blues have been strongly linked with AS Roma’s attacker Tammy Abraham, the potential cost of acquiring the English international could deter Everton from pursuing the deal. Additionally, BBC Sport has reported that Abraham could face an extended absence due to a severe ACL injury, which may have influenced Everton’s waning interest. Dembele himself has been linked with Everton since January, and his availability on a free transfer could facilitate a move to Goodison Park.
According to inews, Everton intends to explore free agents and take advantage of the loan market during this transfer window.
The report also mentions that Sean Dyche has requested the addition of at least two new center-forwards this summer, which will undoubtedly please Everton fans. Dembele could prove to be an intriguing signing for Everton, considering his age of 26, which suggests he is approaching his prime.
During his time at Celtic, he scored 26 goals in 55 league games, earning a high-profile transfer to Lyon in 2018 for £19.7 million. At Parc Olympique Lyonnais, the France-born striker has scored an impressive total of 56 league goals in 129 games.
However, in the previous season’s Ligue 1, Dembele struggled, managing only three goals in 23 appearances.
On the other hand, his 2021/2022 campaign was much more prolific, with 21 goals and four assists in 30 league games in France.
With Everton in dire need of investment in their forward line, acquiring Moussa Dembele on a free transfer could prove to be a smart move for Sean Dyche’s side. This summer holds significant importance for Everton, and the club cannot afford to repeat the mistakes made in recent transfer windows.