Lyon set Moussa Dembele asking price amid Chelsea transfer interest

Lyon are asking for at least £85m to sell Moussa Dembele in the January transfer window as Chelsea step up their interest in the forward.

That is according to transfer expert Duncan Castles, who claims the French club’s president Jean-Michel Aulas wants to test the desire of Premier League clubs to pay big money for his players.

Blues boss Frank Lampard is keen to bring in the Frenchman as he looks to bolster his attacking options for the future.

They had a bid for him rejected last week but are believed to still be keen on landing the 23-year-old former Celtic man.

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Manchester United have also been credited with an interest despite Lyon always insisting they have no intention of selling Dembele.

Castles claims the forward is rated very highly at his club and Aulas has a history of asking for large fees for his stars.

Last year Lyon sold Tanguy Ndombele to Tottenham for around £65m after originally asking for substantially more money.

Speaking to the Transfer Window podcast about Dembele, Castles said: “The information I have is that the expectation on Lyon’s asking price is that it will be above 100m euros.

“Why? Because when Tottenham came in for Tanguy Ndombele in the summer, they were happy to ask initially 100m euros for that player and obviously they settled for a considerably lower sum, but still a record transfer fee from Tottenham Hotspur for the player.

Lyon want 100m euros for Moussa Dembele amid interest from Chelsea and Man Utd

“But their president Jean-Michel Aulas is prepared to test the desire of big English clubs to pay out serious money, and he has the numbers, and the quality, and a unique player in Dembele.

“This is a player who’s happy to play by himself upfront, he is a traditional number nine in many ways. He can play with his back to goal, he scores a range of different goals, he has played in England already, he obviously has played very successfully for…