Chelsea are reportedly lining up a £34m move for the in-demand Lyon striker Moussa Dembele, but the French giants are not willing to sell him this winter
After being prevented from signing new players in the summer, the Blues intend to splash out a substantial amount of cash to reinforce their squad in the January transfer window.
One of Franck Lampard’s top objectives for the ongoing transfer session is to land a prolific goalscorer to bring extra quality to his attacking department that currently sees Tammy Abraham as the only reliable option.
As reported by Sky Sports, Chelsea have revived their interest in Lyon forward Moussa Dembele, whom they were monitoring during his successful spell at Celtic.
The 23-year-old has enjoyed another prosperous season after switching the Scottish Premier League for Ligue 1, scoring 30 goals for Les Gones since arriving from Celtic Park for £20m in summer 2018.
Sky Sports confirming Chelsea’s rejected bid for Moussa Dembele. He’s been a club target since he was at Celtic, apparently Lampard also likes him. pic.twitter.com/b7Eg2RgyfS— Simon Phillips (@SiPhillipsSport) January 2, 2020
However, the French outfit will fight tooth and nail to keep hold of their star striker, as they stated via an official statement released on Thursday.
“Olympique Lyonnais has taken note of certain information relayed by the media suggesting that Moussa Dembele could interest other clubs during this transfer window.
“We would like to reaffirm its wish, as in the summer of 2019, to keep Moussa Dembele.
“The club has full confidence in Moussa and counts in particular on him to build a successful team for the seasons to come.”
Lampard needs to inject fresh blood in his squad to improve Chelsea’s chances of securing a top-four finish in the Premier League, especially knowing that Olivier Giroud is likely to leave Stamford Bridge this winter.
Michy Batshuayi’s future at the club is also hanging in the air, with Aston Villa showing ambition to take him on loan until the end of the season.