Manchester United pursuit of Moussa Dembele suffers major blow

    Manchester United have been warned that they will not be able to land the in-demand Lyon talisman Moussa Dembele this winter, reports in England confirm

    Manchester United will have to expand their search for a striker after being told they will not be allowed to sign Lyon star forward Moussa Dembele this month.

    A dismal 2-0 away defeat to Liverpool at the weekend has once again exposed United’s problems in the attacking third and was a wake-up call for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to step up his pursuit of a new frontman.

    What’s more, Marcus Rashford is expected to remain out of action for around three months after suffering a back injury in the FA Cup clash against Wolverhampton, which increases the need for a new striker.

    Although the Red Devils wanted to solve their burning issue by hiring the 23-year-old Frenchman, Lyon president Jean Michel Aulas has informed the Old Trafford outfit that he has no interest in selling his top-scorer in the January transfer window.

    “Our players are often targeted,” said Aulas, as reported by the Daily Mirror.

    “We want Moussa Dembele and Lucas Tousart [the midfielder who has been linked with Hertha Berlin] to stay.

    “The latter has received significant offers. If he leaves, we will have to replace him first.

    “But I think they will stay. Now is not the time for us to weaken our team.”

    The former Celtic hitman has also attracted interest from United’s fierce rivals Chelsea, who are looking to bolster their attacking department too.

    But, he will stay at the Groupama Stadium for the remainder of the season in all likelihood, which will force the Premier League powerhouses to look elsewhere.

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