Sky Sports announced an £18m Christmas present for Brighton fans yesterday.
Reporter Kaveh Solhekol stated yesterday that Scottish Premiership champions Celtic had accepted an 18 million pound bid for star striker Moussa Dembele from Brighton & Hove Albion in England. The Frenchman had scored 32 goals in 49 appearances in his debut season at Parkhead, so the move would have proved to be a major one for both clubs involved.
It transpired that Sky Sports had backtracked on the initial confidence, soon stating that “talks” were underway.
Now, Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has addressed the situation, and though the future of the highly sought after Dembele is still up in the air, Brighton haven’t even featured in proceedings as of yet.
Speaking to BBC Radio Scotland about the mooted Brighton deal, the former Liverpool boss said there was “nothing at all” in the report.
“I am not sure where it’s come from. Moussa’s been linked with so many clubs since I’ve been here. There’s been no contact between the clubs and Moussa is very much still a Celtic player.
There is no fee, no bid, there have been no talks.”
Rodgers is realistic however in acknowledging that the 21-year-old may still be on the move in January.
“I live in the real world of football and you can say things that make you look silly.
“Someone might come in with a bid that is an astronomical amount of money for the club and the player and, if the player wants to go, that’s modern football.”
Dembele was signed from Fulham in 2016, having come up through the Paris Saint-Germain youth system.