Manchester United scouts watch striker identified as replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo

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Manchester are monitoring Lyon striker Moussa Dembele as a possible replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani.

According to Daily Mail, Manchester United scouts watched Dembele as Lyon beat FC Porto in the Europa League on Wednesday, with Dembele creating the only goal for Lucas Paqueta. 

Dembele has been on the radar of United since the 2015-16 season, which ended with his move to Celtic. The 25-year-old left the Scottish giants in 2018 to join Lyon and his current deal runs out in 2023.

It is believed Dembele will be available for £25million this summer as Lyon would not want to lose him as a free agent in 2023.

Dembele has Champions League experience – he scored twice in Lyon’s shock win over Manchester City in the 2020 quarter-final – and knows the British game, having spent time with Fulham as well as Celtic. 

The 25 year old striker has nine goals in 19 Ligue 1 games this season, including five in his last seven.