Manchester United SCOUTED Lyon star Moussa Dembele during Europa League win over Porto

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Manchester United SCOUTED Lyon star Moussa Dembele during Europa League last-16 first-leg win over Porto as Red Devils ready a £25m move for striker – with Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani among forwards contemplating summer exits

  • Moussa Dembele started up front for Lyon in their Europa League tie at Porto 
  • Man United look certain to make changes to their forward line this summer
  • Attacking players Edinson Cavani and Jesse LIngard are both out of contract
  • The futures of Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcus Rashford are also uncertain
  • Lyon goal-getter Dembele may be available for as little as £25million 

Manchester are monitoring Lyon striker Moussa Dembele as a possible transfer target as they look to revitalise their attack this summer.

The Old Trafford club look certain to make changes to their forward line at the end of the season, with Edinson Cavani and Jesse Lingard out of contract when the campaign concludes.

Sportsmail understands United were represented at Lyon’s Europa League clash at Porto on Wednesday night, where Dembele created the only goal for Lucas Paqueta. 

Manchester United sent scouts to watch Lyon strike Moussa Dembele vs Porto on Wednesday

Manchester United sent scouts to watch Lyon strike Moussa Dembele vs Porto on Wednesday

Dembele could be available for £25million this summer as United look to revitalise their attack

Dembele could be available for £25million this summer as United look to revitalise their attack

Attackers such as Cristiano Ronaldo (L) and Edinson Cavani (R) could leave the Red Devils

Attackers such as Cristiano Ronaldo (L) and Edinson Cavani (R) could leave the Red Devils  

Meanwhile, Marcus Rashford’s future is increasingly uncertain as he approaches the final year of his contract, while Cristiano Ronaldo and Anthony Martial are also contemplating exits. Mason Greenwood is on bail after his arrest on suspicion of rape, sexual assault and threats to kill.

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, meaning Lyon risk losing him as a free agent if they cannot agree new terms before then. That means Dembele may be available for as little as £25million this summer if Lyon decide he is unlikely to extend his stay.

Lyon have already lost Memphis Depay on a free transfer and defender Jason Denayer looks set to do the same this summer. They would be desperate to avoid a similar fate with Dembele, who has nine goals in 19 Ligue 1 games this season, including five in his last seven.

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. 

Indeed, his stint at Fulham from 2013-16 means Dembele would qualify as a homegrown player were he to join an English club.

Dembele (centre) has nine goals in 19 league games this season, including five in his last seven

Dembele (centre) has nine goals in 19 league games this season, including five in his last seven

Marcus Rashford (L) and Jesse Lingard (R) are also facing an uncertain future at Old Trafford

Marcus Rashford (L) and Jesse Lingard (R) are also facing an uncertain future at Old Trafford 

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