Atlético, close to closing an agreement with Lyon for the loan of Dembélé

Atlético de Madrid is in talks with Olympique de Lyon to sign French striker Moussa Dembélé on loan until the end of the season, according to the Ligue 1 club’s sports director Juninho.

Atlético are looking for a forward to reinforce their presence in La Liga and Champions League competitions after Diego Costa has left the club this month.

Dembélé, 24, has scored 31 Ligue 1 goals in his first two seasons with Lyon since leaving Celtic, but has only made six league appearances this season, scoring one goal.

Juninho told the French television program Telefoot that Dembélé had asked him if he could leave, adding that the forward had reached a personal agreement with Atlético, but that both clubs were still negotiating.

“He told me that he had lost a bit of motivation. We still have him, but he came to see us and thinks that it is time to change teams. It would not be good to retain a player who does not want to live intensely for the next five months. Juninho said.

Atlético, which leads the league with one point more than the second-highest ranked and with three games less, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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