Moussa Dembélé (France, 24 years old), a pearl of the French fishing ground who has not yet confirmed his definitive explosion in the elite, has been the forward chosen by Atlético de Madrid to replace Diego Costa. Olympique de Lyon, where they have not managed to form the explosive partnership that was expected with Memphis Depay, has agreed to a six-month loan with a non-mandatory purchase option of 35 million euros. “If the agreement is like this, Lyon expects a revaluation that allows it to recover the investment it made [22 millones de euros] or that he recovers at Atlético ”, says an intermediary who operates in France and England.
Following the instructions of Simeone, who wanted a proven player and not an intern like Ivan Saponjic to give Luis Suárez breathing space, and taking into account the financial limitations of the club, Dembélé has imposed himself on the option of Willian José. Real Sociedad wanted a mandatory purchase at the end of the loan, but Atlético did not accept that commitment for a 30-year-old player whose adaptation to Atlético and Simeone were unknown. In the absence of passing the medical examination, Dembélé will not be cited for the postponed Atlético-Sevilla tonight (21.30, Movistar LaLiga).
The new rojiblanco signing, who is recovering from a broken arm that occurred on December 19, is a forward to play with spaces in front of him, just what his physique prevents Suárez from doing. “Moussa is more of a spiker, he is not a player who produces play. Its great qualities are depth and completion. If he manages to make the right decisions and they give him good balls, he will score goals ”, Yves Gergaud recently defined him, who trained him in the lower categories of PSG. Dembélé is a light and powerful tank (1.83 m and 74 kilos) to play against space and against with some touches of refinement.
Born in Pontoise, a suburb north of Paris that brings together immigrants of Malian origin, N’Golo Kanté (Chelsea) and Moussa Sissoko (Tottenham) were also forged on its streets. The new rojiblanco striker came from there to sign for PSG with just 10 years. And from there he went with 16 to Fulham when he sensed that the investment policy of the new Qatari owners would not offer him a clear path to the first team. The 17 goals he scored in the tough Premiership (Second Division) earned him the transfer to Celtic of Glasgow, where he scored 51 goals in 94 games before Lyon recovered it, in the summer of 2018, for French football with the goal to alleviate the return of Mariano to Real Madrid. Shortly before, Dembélé’s adventure to achieve success was described by the verses of the French rappers M2K’Mc Feat Virgil. “I traumatize like Ronaldo / My time has come / I have come a long way / Not typical / I shoot the crowd / When people didn’t believe in me, it was when I was strongest / All of Europe goes crazy for me / I make them jealous”read the angry verses.
The new rojiblanco striker has long been on the radar of the big European clubs. Zinedine Zidane himself has praised him on several occasions. “I like to see the young French players and Dembélé excites me,” the Madrid coach praised him two seasons ago.
However, not even the two goals he scored against Manchester City off the bench in the Champions League quarterfinals held in Lisbon last summer did not result in Rudi García giving him the final title at Lyon. Depay, Ekambi and the young Kadewere have reduced their participation this season to 16 games (six starts) and a single goal. Neither the French coach, Didier Deschamps, although he has acknowledged that he follows closely, has given him absolute internationality after having passed through all the lower categories of the blues. An obvious sign that it has not finished breaking yet.