As it was pretty certain they would be, claims about Manchester United interest in Moussa Dembele are back.

There’s been repeat stories regarding the Lyon player, going back to his time with Celtic, claiming interest from big Premier League clubs.

Whilst an awful lot of the claims seem pushed by the player’s camp, interest from sides such as Manchester United and Chelsea has been believable, even if exaggerated at times.

FootMercato, who have carried a lot of the previous claims, have a headline this afternoon saying Manchester United are ‘preparing an offer’ for the player.

Prior to the end of the summer transfer window, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made it clear he wanted another striker brought in, however, those above him at Old Trafford failed to get someone through the door.

Injury to Marcus Rashford has made the situation even more urgent, which has likely led to these claims.

United are said to have watched Dembele in action at the weekend against Nantes, and ‘should go on the offensive’.

FootMercato say they’ve been told ‘by some sources’ (likely the player’s representatives) that Manchester United want to make a first offer of €50m plus bonuses for the 23 year old.

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has said he doesn’t want to sell Dembele this month, but then he’s said similar about other players before they’ve left.