Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is set to be handed a huge summer transfer kitty, and bringing in Lyon striker Moussa Dembele is said to be the club’s priority.
Lampard was notable disappointed that now players were added to his squad in the summer as they chase Champions League qualification.
The Blues are now just four points ahead of Tottenham, with the former England midfielder naming his side as the underdogs in the race with Spurs, Manchester United, Wolves and Sheffield United.
The Evening Standard have now reported that the board with sanction spending in excess of £150m at the end of the season, with £60m rated Dembele at the top of the list.
The France youth international will be 24 before the start of the new campaign and he could be utilised in a strike force alongside Tammy Abraham.
The former Aston Villa forward has been struggling to get goals after a blistering start to life as the club’s new No. 9.
Lampard had hope to bring in new striker to support their young forward, with Jamie Redknapp offering insight as to why it wasn’t possible.
Redknapp told Sky Sports: “They were trying to buy players, I saw [technical and performance advisor] Petr Cech yesterday and he was talking about trying to get players in, but the problem is no one wants to sell in January.
“Teams are either challenging to get in the Champions League or trying to win titles so all the great players who Chelsea want to sign and the fans want to see are not available.
Chelsea remain in the top four despite a difficult run of results in recent months
“Clubs just don’t want to sell players in January.”
Lampard added before the clash against Leicester: “From my view – and this is not to talk ourselves down, because we’re six points clear in fourth – now we become probably the underdogs and the outsiders to some point, because teams have strengthened around us.
“It’s a fact. The reality of the…