Chelsea are ahead of Manchester United in the race to sign £60m-rated Lyon forward Moussa Dembele, claims a report.
The Blues are reportedly at the head of the queue for the 23-year-old forward after trying to land him in the January window.
The Daily Mirror claims Frank Lampard has “first refusal on the Lyon forward” after their attempts to lure him away from France three months ago ended in failure.
Lampard failed to add anyone to his squad in the winter transfer window, much to his frustration, but he has since arranged Haken Ziyech’s arrival at Stamford Bridge in July and he is reportedly keen to get the club’s business done quickly this summer.
Lyon are now ready to let Dembele leave this summer, according to reports.
The former Celtic striker was close to moving to Stamford Bridge in January, despite Frank Lampard’s claims to the contrary, but Lyon turned down the offer on the grounds that they wanted to keep hold of him for the foreseeable future.
Their stance has now changed, however, as 90min claim that the French club are ready to alert Chelsea to his availability.
Dembele has scored 22 goals in 42 appearances for Lyon this season, adding four from five appearances in the Coupe De France.
United are also understood to be interested in Dembele, but the Daily Mail also claim that Chelsea have first pick on the player, who is under contract until 2023.