Chelsea receive blow in chase for 31-goal Man United target

Chelsea have received a blow in their chase for Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette, with the French club reluctant to sell, according to reports from the Express.

The Blues are also monitoring Lacazette’s team-mate Samuel Umtiti following Lyon’s impressive Ligue-1 campaign, in which they finished second only behind Paris Saint-Germain.

But, it seems that Lyon will block any Chelsea moves for their star players, leaving manager Jose Mourinho forced to change his transfer plans.

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Lacazette is one of the most coveted players on the continent after a season in which he scored 31 goals in all competitions, with Arsenal and Manchester United both monitoring the situation.

Umtiti, who plays centre-back, is being targeted by Mourinho as a long-term replacement for John Terry, with the Portuguese boss looking to form a French defensive partnership with Umtiti and Kurt Zouma.

However, with the duo set to stay, the Blues may focus their attention on their other targets such as Tottenham ace Moussa Dembele and Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann.