Mali targeting French star Moussa Dembele


Mali are reportedly trying to persuade a French star to switch his allegiance as they look to bolster their squad ahead of the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations.

Mohamed Magassouba's men recently qualified for the 2022 FIFA World Cup play-offs after they finished top of Group E with 16 points from a possible 18.

Here are six African nations that only just missed out on qualifying for the 2022 World Cup play-offs

Despite this feat, the African giants are seemingly intent on boosting their attack, with Goalmouth Sports reporting that former Atletico Madrid striker Moussa Dembele is now on their radar.

It is claimed the Malian Football Federation is in advanced negotiations with the 25-year-old as they look to take advantage of the French national team's decision to consistently overlook the Olympique Lyon goal-getter.

The Frenchman has not yet earned a call-up for France's senior team, but did feature for Les Bleus at U16, U17, U18, U19, U20 and U21 level.

Read: Morocco close in on SA record

If the negotiations are successful, Dembele will seemingly be able to join up with Mali for the next edition of AFCON, which is scheduled to start in January 2022.

The Eagles have been drawn in Group F with Tunisia, Mauritania and Gambia for the continental tournament.

Scroll through the gallery below to see the highest-ranked African nations today, per FIFA