CELTIC are heading for a massive summer transfer windfall with Moussa Dembele poised to quit Lyon with a blizzard of bids being prepared for his striking qualities.

The French international attacker left the Hoops in August 2018 in a £19.8million switch to his homeland and has already claimed 19 goals this season.

That sort of consistent form has attracted the attention of some of Europe’s biggest clubs, Manchester United and Chelsea among them.

Lyon will reluctantly part with their star performer in the summer window as they prepare for a bidding war from interested clubs.

Frank Lampard’s Stanford Bridge side, according to respected daily sports journal L’Equipe, are at the head of the queue and reportedly have already opened talks with the the French outfit.

A bid of around £33million was made for Dembele last month, but that was not enough to tempt the club to consider selling the powerhouse frontman.

Fees upwards of £40million are now being mentioned for 23-year-old raider.

The Scottish champions, of course, are due a percentage of any sell-on fee for the player they signed for around £400,000 in a cross-transfer move from Fulham in the summer of 2016. The Hoops could rake in between £2million and £4million in a cash bonus.

Chief executive Peter Lawwell’s insistence of such a clause in the contracts has already brought in the club hefty financial additions with the likes of Virgil Van Dijk being sold to Liverpool from Southampton and Victor Wanyama leaving the south coast club for Spurs.

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