Chelsea boss Franck Lampard has identified Lyon striker Moussa Dembele as his top priority for the summer transfer window, reports in England say
Lampard was interested in Dembele in the January transfer window, but the deal fell through, as Lyon refused to sell their standout performer to boost their chances in the Champions League.
Although Les Gones president, Jean-Michel Aulas, categorically denied the prospect of selling the 23-year-old Frenchman during the winter, he has left all the possibilities open for the summer.
The Blues have been short of options for a striker role this season, with Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud the only reliable candidates for the spot.
Therefore, Lampard wants to bolster his attacking line as soon as the transfer window reopens, and according to the Daily Express, his list of priorities features Dembele close to the top.
The former Fulham and Celtic hitman has been nothing short of outstanding since moving to the Groupama Stadium in 2018, clocking up 45 goals and 13 assists since.
Dembele has established himself as an irreplaceable first-team player, especially after Memphis Depay suffered a long-term injury, and is deemed unsellable.
It remains to be seen whether Aulas will stick to his guns at the end of the season, considering he already turned down Chelsea’s £34million bid in January.
If the Premier League giants fail to convince Lyon to sanction the transfer, they will switch their attention towards RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner, who has been equally impressive this campaign.Lampard is expected to have a sizeable budget for summer spending that is likely to be improved with the sale of Michy Batshuayi, who has found himself low in the pecking order this season.