Chelsea and Man Utd target Moussa Dembele makes definitive January transfer statement

Moussa Dembele has definitively ruled out a move away from Lyon in the January transfer window.

Chelsea and Manchester United are tracking the 23-year-old forward, who has scored 16 goals in 30 appearances in all competitions this term.

Blues boss Frank Lampard fancies competition for Tammy Abraham while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking for attacking reinforcements amid Marcus Rashford’s back injury.

Dembele, however, has put any immediate speculation over his future to bed.

“I am a Lyon player and I will remain so until the end of the season,” he said following Tuesday’s Coupe de la Ligue semi-final against Lille.

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“I do not think that there will be a departure this winter. Lots of things are being said.

“It is up to me to ignore that and remain concentrated on the pitch.”

The Red Devils had a scout in the stands as Dembele notched his 16th goal of the campaign from the penalty spot as Lyon progressed to the Coupe de la Ligue final.

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The former Fulham and Celtic striker’s goal cancelled out Renato Sanches’ 13th-minute opener.

Houssem Aouar thought he had won it for Lyon before ex-Chelsea man Loic Remy struck at the death to take the tie to a shoot-out, which Lyon won 4-3.

Speaking before the game, Lyon bigwig Jean-Michel Aulas admitted the club were desperate not to lose Dembele.

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“Our players are often targeted,” Aulas said.

“We want Moussa Dembele and Lucas Tousart [the midfielder who has been linked with Hertha Berlin] to stay.

“The latter has received significant offers. If he leaves, we will have to replace him first.

“But I think they will stay. Now is not the time for us to weaken our team.”


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