Chelsea leading Tottenham in Thomas Lemar January transfer battle

Chelsea have nudged ahead of Tottenham in the chase for Thomas Lemar of Atletico Madrid this transfer window.

Both London sides are keen to spruce up their attacks as they plot a way to finish in the top four of the Premier League .

The Blues are currently winning that battle and are six points clear of Jose Mourinho’s team – who are without a win in three matches.

However, Frank Lampard’s side are hardly consistent and the club legend is looking at the transfer window to improve his squad.

Among the many targets that have been linked with a Stamford Bridge switch is Atletico ace Lemar – a player Spurs have had their sights on for some time.

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It had been reported that Diego Simeone has offered the Frenchman at a fraction of the price Crystal Palace had quoted for Wilfried Zaha .

The Argentine boss has lost patience with the former Monaco man and has already admitted Lemar has “failed to live up to expectations”.

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But the Telegraph are reporting that Chelsea are ahead of Spurs in the chase for the 24-year-old.

Like Tottenham, the Blues have also been monitoring the winger for some time and considered making an offer before he joined Atletico in 2018.

Atletico Madrid want Thomas Lemar out the door

It has been proposed that Lemar could join a club on loan for an initial £5m before a decision can be made over a final transfer in the summer.

Atletico would want to recoup the full £50m they splashed out on him when they signed him from Monaco.

The France international has played 21 times this season but has failed to register a single goal or assist.

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Though there is an argument to be made that Simeone has not utilised his attacking qualities properly.

The Telegraph go on to report that Chelsea and…