According to the Daily Record, Brendan Rodgers had told former Celtic striker Moussa Dembele that he’d be his first signing if he left to take the Newcastle United job.
The report also states that he was planning to sign him if he got the job at Leicester – another post he was linked with last summer – however Dembele left Celtic before Rodgers did, with the Frenchman joining Lyon for £19.7m in August 2018.
Here’s a snippet from the Daily Record’s piece, suggesting that he’d ‘promised’ to bring the highly-rated Frenchman with him if he landed a Premier League job:
“According to a close friend, his (Rodgers’) efforts to prevent Dembele from leaving last summer included a promise to take him with him to either Leicester or Newcastle United.
“Rodgers told the striker he intended to leave Celtic, and wanted to sign the forward for his new club.”
The links to Rodgers only ever emerged as part of a ‘contingency plan’ should Rafa have walked out on Ashley, however it may have been a little ambitious of the ex-Celtic boss to believe he would spend close to £20m on a striker.
After all, Rafa’s been at the club for over three years now and Ashley has only spend upwards of £10m twice!
Dembele would have been an exciting addition – a 22-year-old striker who scored for fun in Scotland and has 13 so far in his debut season at Lyon – however I’d far rather have Rafa and Rondon then Rodgers and Dembele!