Perhaps one of the last glamorous ties left in Ligue 1 before the end of the season, Marseille vs Lyon should have been a close game.
In the end, it was anything but as Nabil Fekir’s side trampled their opponents 3-0 with ease.
According to Mercato365, Manchester United and Arsenal sent scouts, alongside other Premier League teams, to watch one player in particular in that game: Moussa Dembélé.
The striker, who is about to finish his first season with the French club after his summer transfer from Celtic, started the game on the bench before coming on with a quarter of an hour to go, scoring his team’s second nine minutes later.
The goal was his 14th of the season in the league, doing so in 31 appearances so far, and the quality of his finish, taking his time to curl his shot around Steve Mandanda after wrong footing Luiz Gustavo, showed why the Red Devils and the Gunners are interested in him.
This scouting trip came after a report in L’Equipe earlier this month claiming Arsenal had ‘considered the possibility’ of making an approach this summer, while Manchester United had already got the ball rolling by getting intermediaries to provide them feedback about the forward as a player, but also as a human being.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was said to have appreciated the information he received regarding the striker’s attitude, suggesting the 22-year-old could be on his wishlist this summer to bolster his attack.
The fact both clubs sent scouts to the game helps to back up this alleged interest, meaning Dembélé, who was at the heart of one of the uglier sagas last summer, could end up being the talk of the town once more in the coming months.