Why Leicester won’t buy French striker they’re linked to

Brendan Rodgers of Leicester City (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
Brendan Rodgers of Leicester City (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images) /

Regardless of media reports suggesting Leicester City will rival Manchester United for Lyon’s Moussa Dembele, it is very unlikely that the Foxes will bid.

In case you’ve missed it over the past day or so, Daily Star carried a story from French media gossip suggesting that Leicester City will rival Manchester United to sign Moussa Dembele of Olympique Lyonnais. This is most likely untrue for a couple of obvious reasons.

Why Leicester City won’t sign Moussa Dembele

First of all, Lyon’s apparent valuation of Dembele at £83 million seems rather high; although they are reportedly open to lowering the fee. Next up is the claim that the King Power outfit aren’t fancied by the striker – OK. But that’s nothing compared to the next truth.

Despite the triumphant outcome of Rodgers and Dembele’s preexisting relationship at Celtic – goals along with trophies galore – it is very unlikely that the two will join up again. Unless a startling chain of events or public reconciliation occurs.

Why there might have been a quarrel between the two – or simply one sided anger from the Frenchman towards the Northern Irishman possibly – is due to some Twitter posts by the former. Resentment seems to have begun when Rodgers said Dembele wouldn’t be leaving Celtic Park; the forward subsequently made his perception of being lied to known on social media. Whilst still playing for the team.

Essentially, in a cryptic sense, Dembele said that his then gaffer – at that actual moment – wasn’t to be trusted! Quite honestly, that is pretty shocking and would’ve been noted by Rodgers and his coaches at the time. Regardless of the now Leicester boss being known not to use Twitter etcetera.

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Following this, when the Scottish club announced Rodgers was leaving before the 2018/19 campaign’s climax, Dembele – by then a Lyon player using veiled hashtags – reminded his online Glasgow audience that his former manager was not to be trusted, in his opinion. Therefore it’s more likely that Leicester City will buy Lionel Messi this summer.