Chelsea have taken a blow in the transfer race for Moussa Dembele after he accepted Lyon’s decision on his future.
Frank Lampard has made a new striker a priority this January as he looks to consolidate a place in the Premier League top four.
Tammy Abraham has come back from loan over the summer from Aston Villa and has been slotted straight into the first-team.
The 22-year-old has performed admirably, scoring 14 times in all competitions to become the club’s top goalscorer this campaign.
However, the Camberwell-born star is in need of back-up – something Michy Batshuayi and Olivier Giroud have failed to do.
Both have been linked with moves away after failing to convince Lampard of their abilities.
But the Blues will not let them go without a replacement coming in and a number of targets have been touted.
One of those is Dembele of Lyon, who has been scoring freely in Ligue 1 this campaign.
The 23-year-old has netted 10 times this year in the league and Lyon had to release a statement over his future to clarify their position over his future.
Lyon’s forward Moussa Dembele is one of several Chelsea targets
Chelsea reportedly had a £34m bid rejected by the Rudi Garcia but a second plot was planned.
However, the Telegraph have reported that Dembele has accepted that Lyon will not him go this month.
Instead, he is desperate for the transfer to be reignited in the summer – though it is not clear whether that will go through.
Chelsea are desperate to sign a striker this month and could move on to other targets if Dembele is not signed pronto.
Timo Werner of RB Leipzig is another linked with a transfer to west London but the favourite could turn out to be Gabriel Barbosa.
The Brazil international has been deemed surplus to requirements by Inter Milan and has just had a barstorming campaign with Flamengo.
Gabigol netted 34 times for the Brazilian outfit…