Chelsea have restarted talks with Lyon over a potential deal for Lyon star Moussa Dembele.
Frank Lampard is desperate to add a striker to his squad before next Friday’s transfer deadline in a bid to secure the Blues’ place in the top four.
Tammy Abraham’s ankle injury sustained in Tuesday’s 2-2 draw against Arsenal has further increased the need to recruit a new attacker.
Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani is wanted but he is expected to join Atletico Madrid so Chelsea have turned their attention back to Dembele.
According to The Sun, Stamford Bridge chiefs are in discussions with their Lyon counterparts after Lampard told technical adviser Petr Cech and director Marina Granovskaia to give him more firepower.
The Ligue 1 outfit have repeatedly insisted Dembele is not for sale Roman Abramovich would have to find more than £45m to tempt them into a sale.
Chelsea are also open to offer Olivier Giroud in part-exchange.
Competition for Dembele’s signature is being provided by Premier League rivals Manchester United, who need to find cover for Marcus Rashford following his back injury.
Chelsea want to sign Moussa Dembele from Lyon
Former Fulham and Celtic striker Dembele has insisted he will not be leaving Lyon in this transfer window.
“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.
“I do not think that there will be a departure this winter. Lots of things are being said.
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“It is up to me to ignore that and remain concentrated on the pitch.”
Lampard gave little away when asked about Dembele earlier this month.
He said: “I don’t want to go cut and dry on anybody [regarding Dembele], as I said to you, it is not one I am openly talking about. If it is a decision then I will be a big part of that decision.”