Frank Lampard is keen on signing a striker in the January transfer window to provide competition for Tammy Abraham. According to Daily Express, the Blues have reopened transfer talks with Lyon striker Moussa Dembele, in case we miss out on PSG striker Edinson Cavani.
Chelsea have already submitted a loan bid for Cavani but face competition from Atletico Madrid, who have reportedly agreed a contract with the striker for the summer, when his contract expires in Paris.
Lyon have previously insisted Dembele will be at the club until at least the end of the season but the Blues believe a transfer for Dembele can be agreed in January after Lyon brought in striker Karl Toko Ekambi on loan from Villarreal.
According to ESPN’s French football correspondent Jonathan Johnson, Dembele will move to the Premier League, either now or the end of the season.
“I think Dembele would be open to a move to the Premier League, if not now then at the end of the season,” Johnson told Sky Sports Transfer Talk Podcast. “I also think he like everybody else at Lyon will be disappointed with the way things have gone at this moment in time.
“They’re particularly devastated to have lost Memphis Depay and Jeff Reine-Adelaide, two of their better-attacking talents to season-ending injuries. “That puts the outlook for the rest of this campaign quite bleak really.
“I do think he would welcome a move but I think he’d appreciate at this moment in time that Lyon cannot afford to let him go.”