JOSE MOURINHO is about to join the bidding war for former Celtic striker Moussa Dembele which could push the fee to a staggering £50million.
Chelsea have already had a £34million offer for the French powerhouse rejected by Lyon who paid £19.8million for the 23-year-old attacker from the Hoops in August 2018.
The champions are on the brink of a remarkable windfall as they will pocket 10 per cent of the transfer money.
Mourinho has made contact with Lyon over the availability of Dembele, according to a report in the Daily Record.
The London club’s manager is in urgent need of a goalscorer to save his season after England international Harry Kane was ruled out until April.
The Spurs’ skipper’s hamstring injury will keep him sidelined for months and Mourinho has apparently targeted Dembele as the ideal frontman to replace the club’s top striker.
The French outfit have already said they will not welcome bids for their hottest property, but president Jean-Michel Aulas could also cash in if they receive a blockbuster offer.
Mourinho knows Dembele well and is an admirer of the France international who is in form at the moment with three goals in his last two games.
Ironically, the Portuguese coach’s former side Manchester United are also showing an interest in the attacker and that could push the fee to a whole new level.
Celtic are in a win-win situation.