Lyon have laid down the law to Chelsea amid their pursuit of Moussa Dembele in the transfer market.
The Blues are looking to splash the cash this January after a FIFA ban preventing from signing players was lifted.
It means that Frank Lampard has been armed with a reported £150m to spend and a striker is one of the top targets he is after.
With Olivier Giroud likely to leave and Michy Batshuayi also rumoured to be off, it would leave Tammy Abraham as the only forward at the club.
And the Englishman is already in need of a break and it has led to Lyon hotshot Dembele being touted as a potential signing.
The 23-year-old has netted 10 times for the Ligue 1 outfit this campaign, behind only Memphis Depay in the club’s top scorers.
But Lyon have hit back at the Blues over their transfer pursuit with a strong statement on their website.
They said: “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.
Lyon’s forward Moussa Dembele has been in fine form this season
“The club has full confidence in Moussa and counts in particular on him to build a successful team for the seasons to come.”
Meanwhile, Lampard has confirmed that transfer talks are afoot with him and the rest of the Chelsea board.
“We have to get recruitment right, that will be a huge deal,” the Chelsea manager said.
“Not just who the individuals are that come in, but can they help influence the way we play and the way we want to play?
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“We are certainly joined up in terms that I have very close conversations with Marina [Granovskaia, Chelsea director] very close conversations with Petr Cech [technical and performance advisor] and Scott [McLachlan] who is the head of our recruitment department.
“They know what I…