Manchester United Prepare £10m Bid for Fulham Attacker Dembele
Fulham may have a difficult time hanging onto attacking midfielder Moussa Dembele after Manchester United were linked with a move for the Belgian.
The Daily Mail believes that United are willing to offer £10million for a player they see can act as a long term successor for Paul Scholes who has yet to make a decision on his future.
Scholes played a major part in the second half of the season but at 37-year-old, and having already retired once, could well be on the verge of quitting the game for a second time.
Dembele, 24, has impressed in Martin Jol's side and has become a crucial member of the first team after the decision was made to play him in a slightly deeper role behind the forwards.
The central midfielder may have only scored two goals this season but his creativity has been instrumental in helping the west London club finish in ninth place.
Dembele is an established member of the Belgium national side with 38 caps and five goals to his name and a former league winner with AZ Alkmaar back in 2009.
While they may well be considering a move for Dembele, manager Sir Alex Ferguson has made it clear that he would like Scholes to stay at the club for another season.
"I will speak to Paul," Ferguson told the Daily Mail. "Obviously he made a tremendous contribution when he came back. But it was his decision to return and I will respect whatever he wants to do.
"I haven't discussed it with him yet, to be honest. I think I made that mistake last season, talking to him before the season had finished. 'It is better getting the season over and having a break and I may not speak to him before he has been away on holiday."http://www.sportsvibe.co.uk/news/football/manchester-united-prepare-10m-bid-for-fulham-attacker-dembele-16489/?