The £21m deal that hands Chelsea a huge Moussa Dembele transfer boost

Everything has gone quiet on the Moussa Dembele transfer front.

That is because the Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas poured cold water on any speculation and the player himself suggested he would remain in France at least until the end of this season.

Dembele said last week: “I am a Lyon player and I will remain so until the end of the season. 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.”

Chelsea have been in the market for a new striker for much of the January transfer window, with the likes of Edinson Cavani and Krzysztof Piatek also linked.

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But Dembele was one they were keen to sign up, with reports of a £34million bid rejected earlier in the window.

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has repeatedly stated that Dembele would not leave the club, saying at the beginning of January: “We have not changed our minds. We already made this issue clear in August.

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“Moussa is an excellent player. A player who we need. We are taking explicit measures in our recruitment to not bring someone in who will compete for his position.

“It is not a question of money. Moussa will be with us.”

However, there was another comment from Aulas that Chelsea should take note of now.

Another player linked with an exit has moved on – Lucas Tousart – although his £21million transfer to German side Hertha Berlin was thrashed out with the clause that Tousart would remain in Lyon on loan for the remainder of the 2019/20 season.

Aulas said last week: “We want to keep Moussa Dembele and Lucas Tousart. My opinion is that the two players will stay. Now is not the time to weaken ourselves.”

With Tousart’s transfer completed this month, albeit with him staying in France on loan, Chelsea could be tempted to return…