Chelsea sent stern message as cheeky opening bid for Lyon star fails

Date published: Thursday 2nd January 2020 8:38

Lyon have told Chelsea where to go after the Blues saw an opening offer of £34million rejected by the Ligue 1 giants for striker Moussa Dembele.

The Blues are ready to delve into the transfer market this month after successfully overturning FIFA’s ban on them signing new players and speculation has begun to swirl around about whom they will target.

And despite Tammy Abraham brilliantly leading the line, the young England striker doesn’t have much in the way of competition – leading to speculation that Chelsea have already asked about Timo Werner.

However, reports earlier this week claimed it was Dembele who topped their wanted list – and the club had a crafty plan aimed at beating fellow suitors Manchester United to his signature.

Dembele’s stock has risen significantly since his £20m move from Celtic in summer 2018.

The 23-year-old forward has scored 29 goals in 62 appearances across all competitions and is regarded as one of the most lethal finishers in Ligue 1 and leading to Lyon placing an €80m asking price for the former Fulham youngster.

But that did not stop Chelsea submitting an opening €40m offer – which included Olivier Giroud as a makeweight – for Dembele.

And that has led to Lyon issuing a strongly-worded statement designed at dissuading any further interest in their star forward.

“Olympique Lyonnais has taken note of certain information relayed by the media suggesting that Moussa Dembele could interest other clubs during this transfer window.

“OL 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.”

According to Le 10 Sport, Chelsea’s £34m bid was “swept away” and “hardly moved” transfer chiefs at Lyon, with recent injuries to Memphis Depay and Jeff Reine-Adelaide strengthening the club’s resolve to hold on to their main man.

But the report add further down that Frank Lampard is expected to come back “quickly” with another offer, suggesting the Blues manager can see similarities between Dembele and his former Chelsea teammate Didier Drogba.

Dembele has notched 10 goals in 18 Ligue 1 matches this season but failed to score in the Champions League.


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