Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has said that he is “surprised” to have seen Lyon striker Moussa Dembele be so heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge.
The Blues are said to be targeting a new striker in the January transfer window to support Tammy Abraham and Frenchman Dembele has been the subject of continued speculation about a deal with the West London side.
Indeed, a report on Thursday claimed that Chelsea have verbally agreed a deal with Lyon to sign the 23-year-old and that the remainder of the discussions between the clubs will soon be concluded.
However, speaking in a press conference on Friday, Lampard was unsure as to why his side continue to be linked with a move for Dembele.
He told reporters: “He’s a player I know and a player the club know, but I’m surprised to see his name crop up so frequently in relation to us to be brutally honest.
“And I could say the same thing about a number of players this week. I don’t want to go cut and dried on anyone. But it’s not one we’re openly talking about.”
On whether Chelsea are close to finalising any signings, Lampard added: “No, not at the moment. But what is close? It’s January, and if it’s right we’ll look at it.
“Nothing’s imminent, we’re not going to have any big news today, or tomorrow.”
Lampard was previewing his side’s Premier League clash with Burnley at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, which his side go into having lost three of their last four games at home in the league.
Asked about the Blues’ poor recent record, the manager said: “When you analyse the three games we lost, they give you a bad feeling.
“You see we have created 50 chances but no goals. Southampton we didn’t play that well. But we need to take our chances.
“It’s easy to say unlucky and things like that. But we have to get things right and we work on that in training. We need to find that killer instinct.
“[It’s] definitely not [a mental thing], maybe the opposite. There is a small tension. We get into the final third a lot. We are not converting chances. I don’t like stats as much, but they match what I am seeing.”
The Belgium international is said to be unsettled in the Serie A and with just a few months left on his contract, he is said to be looking for a move elsewhere.
According to Le10Sport, Chelsea have held serious talks with the player’s representatives but face competition from Inter Milan.
Mertens has scored 118 goals in 304 appearances for Napoli since his move from PSV in 2013.