Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has urged Stamford Bridge bosses to up the ante in search of striker Moussa Dembele.
The Blues have been linked with the Lyon ace since before the January transfer window opened, with Olivier Giroud set to leave the club.
Tammy Abraham has excelled in his debut season in the senior squad, with Michy Batshuayi playing back up with Giroud.
But with the Champions League knockout rounds and a push for the Premier League top four awaiting Chelsea in the second half of the season, it’s thought the west London side are looking for another front line striker.
Dembele joined Ligue 1 giants Lyon from Celtic for £20m in the summer of 2018, but could be on the move again this winter, despite owner Jean-Michel Aulas stating this week that Dembele was not for sale.
But speaking on the latest episode of Reach PLC’s Transfer Window Podcast, Duncan Castles revealed Lampard is pushing for Lampard to snap up the striker.
He explained that Chelsea have a bumper budget for this window due to their transfer ban over the summer, but has reservations whether they will look to save most of the cash for the summer instead.
“There is interest from both of those clubs. The question I think is whether either of them will get to the level of fee that Lyon will accept in this window,” Castles said.
Moussa Dembele is a top transfer target for Chelsea this winter
“I believe that Frank Lampard is keen on Dembele and pushing Chelsea to do that.
“The representation that Dembele has, which involves Pina Zahavi, an agent who Chelsea viewed a lot in recent years to do deals, I think is also something that can help this deal happen.
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“Chelsea have a lot of money to spend, so they could go to a very high fee to satisfy Lyon. But I think the question is whether they are ready to do that now or whether they wait till the summer…