Chelsea are looking to test Lyon’s resolve by throwing Olivier Giroud into the transfer for Moussa Dembele.
Frank Lampard has made a new striker a top priority at the Blues to alleviate some of the pressure on Tammy Abraham.
The Englishman has been first choice forward at Stamford Bridge after returning from loan from Aston Villa in the summer.
And it has worked a treat, netting 14 goals and becoming the club’s top goalscorer this season in the process.
But at the age of 22, shouldering Chelsea’s attacking burden has weighed heavy while the likes of Giroud and Michy Batshuayi have failed to convince Lampard of a starting spot.
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It has led to intense speculation that Lyon hotshot Dembele could move to west London this transfer window.
A £34m bid was reportedly rejected earlier this month as the Ligue 1 outfit but the Blues are not done yet in their pursuit.
According to The Sun , Chelsea are prepared to chuck Giroud in as part of the deal for Dembele.
Tammy Abraham has been leading the line for Chelsea this season
The former Arsenal star has been backed to leave this January in the search for first-team football after being marginalised by Lampard.
His contract expires in the summer and Chelsea would rather recoup some sort of fee or make use of him instead of letting the striker leave for nothing.
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And Lyon are one of the clubs who had taken an interest in the France international, along with Inter Milan, Bordeaux and Aston Villa.
Dembele has been Rudi Garcia’s main man up front his season and has scored 10 goals in the league this campaign.
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