CELTIC have missed out on a £3million Moussa Dembele transfer windfall after an official offer from Spurs was rejected by Lyon.
The Hoops stand to land 10 per cent of any profit the French outfit make on the powerhouse striker who quit Parkhead in a £19.8million switch for his homeland club in August 2018.
Jose Mourinho wanted to take the 24-year-old hitman to London on an initial season-long loan with an option to buy Dembele with a fee of around £50million mentioned. The prolific forward arrived at Parkhead in the summer of 2000 in a cut-price cross-border move from Fulham in the region of £500,000.
The attack-leader had also been linked with Manchester United and Arsenal in recent months.
The former Hoops’ fans’ favourite has scored an impressive 44 goals in 95 appearances at Lyon since his arrival.
Spurs are reported to have made their formal proposal for Dembele last week, according to Get French Football News.
That was blocked by club boss Rudi Garcia and Mourinho switched his interest to Benfica’s Brazilian hitman Carlos Vinicius before last night’s transfer deadline.
A season-long loan deal with the Lisbon club has been arranged with the London club agreeing to pay a £2.7million temporary transfer fee with the option to sign the 25-year-old marksman on a permanent basis for £40million at the end of the season.
Dembele, who is under contract until June 2023, is said to be growing frustrated at Lyon.