Moussa Dembele has ruled out a January transfer from Lyon after being linked with a transfer to Manchester United.
The 23-year-old striker has scored 13 times in 28 games this season and has attracted interest from a number of European clubs and with Marcus Rashford out for the predictable double fracture in the back that the former Celtic frontman continues to be connected with a passage to Old Trafford.
Sky Sports reported that United sent scouts to the French League Cup semi-final clash against Lille on Tuesday evening to watch Dembele and Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare – with the scouts who reportedly also saw the 23-year-old striker in action. last weekend against Nantes.
But the striker ruled out a mid-season move when asked about his future following Lyon’s progression to the final after a penalty.
“I am a Lyon player and will remain so until the end of the season,” he said. “I don’t think there will be a departure this winter.
“Many things are said. It is up to me to ignore it and stay focused on the field.”
Solskjaer had talked about the possibility of trying to get a loan on loan after the injury to Rashford and the club is still considering signing Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon.
“You know that discussion,” Solskjaer said when asked if United should take a stand on the inflated commissions. “We could do it later, maybe. Of course, we don’t want to inflate prices. I think it’s important – that we use common sense.
“There are other things too, when you sign players, that you have to keep control. You can’t give agents control by giving purchase clauses and stuff.
“For me, we have to be in control.”