Fans favorite and Celtic forward Moussa Dembele have conpleted an official move to Ligue 1 club Lyon for a fee reported to be £19.7m.
On the day of the transfer market deadline, the French club president Jean-Michel Aulas confirmed the five-year move to the media.
Also confirming this deal is the Scottish Champions announcing it to the media on Friday night that they have accepted a bid from the Ligue 1 club regarding the French-born forward.
— Olympique Lyonnais (@OL) August 31, 2018
However, this would an unexpected turn of events for the Bhoys manager Brendan Rodgers who claimed that a significant offer was rebuffed for the 22-year-old centre forward and that he will not be sold.
In another statement saw, Rodgers claiming that a new bid had been accepted for the forward all seeming to have the club’s best interests and the culture of the club.
The manager said: “The board and myself are united and they have been very supportive to me on this issue.”
Moussa Dembele, who joined the Bhoys from Premier League club Fulham in the summer of 2016, was dropped in Europa League qualifying round match win against Suduva on Thursday which sparked some rumours in the media.
The former Fulham player dropped a post on his social account, which wrote: “A man, without his word, is nothing. A real man keeps his word”, and “A lie has many variations, the truth has none”.
“It is vital to make clear that we have never promised any player that he can leave the club at a particular time,” added Rodgers in the club statement.
“It has never happened. In fact, we have said all along that we did not wish to sell Moussa, given the circumstances within the transfer window and that is why we rejected a significant offer yesterday.
“However, this particular decision to accept this offer has been taken in order to serve the best interests of the first-team squad, my coaching team and the culture and environment we have created in these last two seasons.”
Since joining Celtic in the 2016, Dembele has gone to appear in 94 games scoring 51 goals in the process.
The Celtic fans will have no choice but to stick with their available options upfront and wish Moussa Dembele the best of luck with his newly found club.