Chelsea have moved for Dembele ahead of tonight’s 11pm transfer deadline.
Express Sport understands Celtic have told Chelsea they must stump up £40million to land the 20-year-old in January.
But according to journalist Sara Menai, who works for French outlet SFR Sport, Dembele is going nowhere this month.
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And Menai’s series of transfer claims will be of interest to Red Devils fans, with Manchester United or Paris Saint-Germain claimed to be a more likely destination for the France U21 striker this summer.
Chelsea are said to have made an offer of £34m for Dembele, but he is expected to stay at Celtic today.
“Chelsea's offer was too low. Moussa Dembele won't leave Celtic in January,” Menai tweeted last night.
Moussa Dembele is expected to stay at Celtic
“Chelsea’s offer is there but was well below the expectations of the Scottish club.
“The Blues offer aimed to probe Celtic and they have sent a clear message: Chelsea are looking for a striker.
“Moussa is contracted until 2020 and £43m is the price Celtic were expecting to discuss seriously with Chelsea. [Therefore the current] offer is too low.
Moussa Dembele has shone for Celtic this season
“The player probably won't leave Celtic to find himself on the bench for the Blues. [He is in] no hurry, has good advice, will take his time.
“Moussa Dembele's likely departure this summer: PSG/MU priority. Patrick Kluivert and Olivier Letang [PSG directors] have contacted his agent this week.”
And when one user tweeted Menai suggesting Chelsea never made a bid for Dembele, she replied: “Oh yes they did.”