Atletico Madrid are close to signing Moussa Dembele from Lyon, Diego Simeone has confirmed.
The striker is expected to move to the Wanda Metropolitano on a loan deal with an option to buy, having told Lyon he wanted a new challenge.
The agreement has not yet been finalised but Simeone seems confident the move will be completed sooner rather than later.
“It’s still not confirmed, but it’s very advanced,” the Atletico coach told reporters ahead of Tuesday’s match with Sevilla.
“I’m going to turn my head towards the game, which is what interests me, and when there’s something [on Dembele], if there is something, I’ll give an opinion.”
Atleti will reportedly be able to secure Dembele for a €35million fee should he impress on loan before the end of the season.
The former France Under-21 international has scored just once in 16 Ligue 1 games this season, having hit 24 in 46 across all competitions in 2019-20.
Simeone’s more pressing concern is Tuesday’s match with Julen Lopetegui’s side, which comes after Atleti’s previous game with Athletic Bilbao was called off.
The match, which was due to take place in Madrid on Saturday, was postponed after Storm Filomena brought significant snowfall to the Spanish capital.
Training was severely disrupted over the weekend and Atleti will hold an extra session before facing Sevilla to make sure they are fully prepared.
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