Chelsea keeping tabs with 23-year-old French goal machine

Lyon have turned down a £34m transfer offer from Chelsea for Moussa Dembele, according to reports. U21 France international is one of Frank Lampard’s top targets in winter and is regarded as the perfect option to lighten the goalscoring load of Tammy Abraham.

The London club have handed English manager a £150m budget this month after their transfer ban was reduced following a successful appeal. Blues have now made their first move in the market, lodging a £34m offer for Moussa. Dembele has continued his scoring streak in France, bagging 30 goals in 71 games for the Les Gones.

The 23-year-old centre-forward joined Lyon from Celtic and is a reported target of Man United, as well as their PL rivals, Arsenal. Frank Lampard views the French striker as a similar type of player to Drogba, who he played alongside at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea appear to fight with their hands to lure Moussa to the Premier League this month after Lyon made a public statement on Thursday insisting their centre-forward was not for sale.

A statement read: ‘Olympique Lyonnais has taken note of specific 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.’ Ligue 1 giants can afford to play hardball with Moussa, as the striker is under contract with the French club until the summer of 2023.