Frank Lampard insists himself and Chelsea bosses have not had conversations about signing Moussa Dembele in January.
The Blues have been linked with the Lyon forward for most of this month’s transfer window along with the likes of Manchester United .
The club have been buoyed by the news that they are able to sign players once again after having their transfer ban lifted by FIFA.
And Lampard reportedly has a transfer kitty of up to £150m to spend on bolstering his squad.
Dembele is being talked about as a player that could come in and challenge Tammy Abraham for a starting berth in the team.
The youngster has surprised many this season and he has bagged himself 12 Premier League goals in 20 games.
And with Olivier Giroud likely to leave Stamford Bridge in the coming days, Lampard needs to replace him.
But the manager claims that even though he and the club know about the Dembele, there have been no concrete discussions about signing him.
Frank Lampard insists Chelsea bosses have not had discussions about signing Moussa Dembele
“[Dembele’s] a player I know and a player the club know,” Lampard said.
“But I’m surprised to see his name pop up so regularly when it’s not popping up in my conversations.
“There’s quite a few players in the last week I can say the same about.
“He’s a player I respect. We’re speaking about strengthening goal-scorers – that’s where we’ve been found pretty short in home games recently.
“I don’t want to go cut and dried on anybody.
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“He’s not one that we’re openly talking about.
“If there’s a decision then I’ll be a big part of that decision.”
The likelihood is that Lyon will not allow Dembele to leave in January and even if they do he will certainly not come cheap.
Some outlets are reporting that the Ligue 1 see are asking for £80m to sell a player they signed for £19.7m just…