Atletico closing in on Dembele move

13 January 2021 01:19:54 GMTPlus10

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has confirmed the Spanish giants are close to signing unsettled Lyon forward Moussa Dembele.

The agreement with the Ligue 1 side has not been finalised but it is believed the 24-year-old France Under-21 international is set to move to the Spanish capital on an initial loan deal until the end of the season with an option to buy for a reported £30million.

Simeone, for the first time in weeks, gave the clearest indication that the Lyon ace is poised for a switch to the Spanish capital.

And Lyon sporting director Juninho added that Dembele had told him an agreement was almost done.

Dembele has scored just one Ligue 1 goal from 16 top-flight appearances in France this season, a dismal return after a stellar 2019-20 season in which he hit 24 goals in 46 matches across all competitions.

Atletico are having a superb season sitting top of La Liga as they chase down their first league title since 2014 - Los Rojiblancos are one point clear of Real Madrid but have three games in hand on their city rivals.

And they are keen to bolster their attacking options after Diego Costa cancelled his contract with the club six months early.

Simeone, who has been fending off questions about Dembele's imminent move for weeks, barked at Spanish reporters: "It's still not confirmed but it is very advanced. When there's something I'll give an opinion."

Simeone was speaking ahead of his club's showdown with Sevilla for which they were a 2.05 chance, while Atleti can be backed at 1.20 to win the Primera Liga title.

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