Dembele, aged 26, has become a free agent after spending five years at the Groupama Stadium, as Lyon confirmed on Wednesday. According to The Mirror’s live transfer blog, Dembele has garnered considerable attention, and Everton is actively pursuing the opportunity to secure the former Celtic striker’s services.
On paper, Dembele possesses several appealing qualities. At 26 years old, he will enter the 2023/24 Premier League season at his peak, providing Everton with several years of potential service. Being a free agent presents an advantage for Everton, as it allows them to make a signing without incurring the same financial burden associated with acquiring a player from another club. Furthermore, Dembele has an impressive goal-scoring record and has accumulated numerous trophies throughout his career.
During his time at Lyon, he scored 70 goals in 172 games, and during a loan spell at Atletico Madrid in the 2020/21 season, he contributed to a La Liga-winning side. In his Celtic days, Dembele found the net 51 times in 94 games and clinched two domestic trebles.
On the surface, he appears to be a well-rounded option for Everton, but concerns arise due to his limited performance this season, having scored only three goals in 23 Ligue 1 appearances, coupled with injury and fitness issues.