According to a report coming from The Sun, Chelsea are ready to test Olympique Lyon’s resolve with a lucrative offer for Moussa Dembele – but the French giants should stand their ground.
Frank Lampard is keen on bringing an additional prolific goal-scorer into the team to complement the hard work Tammy Abraham is doing for the Blues at the moment with twelve Premier League strikes to his name.
The Blues are reportedly ready to offer around £40m for Dembele and include veteran striker Olivier Giroud as part of the deal.
But the same report from The Sun also mentions that Chelsea will not overspend and be held to ransom over Dembele, which is good news for the French side as well because it gives them a chance of fending off interest from the London-based club.
Without exaggeration, Dembele is one of the most important players Lyon have at their disposal.
The now 23-year-old centre-forward has already scored 12 goals across all competitions and has even managed to tally three assists in the process.
But his importance becomes even more evident compared to the rest of the team.
Memphis Depay is the second one in line with nine and they are effectively Lyon’s only reliable goal-scoring outlets.
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Needless to say, losing him would be a huge hit to an already difficult campaign in which they are currently sitting in 12th position and largely struggling to keep up with the rest of the top clubs.
Chelsea’s interest is very much warranted.
Abraham has scored 12 in the Premier League but after from him no player has scored more than five top flight goals – Dembele’s introduction would clearly improve Chelsea’s potency.
But offering Giroud – a fringe 33-year-old who’s been frozen out of the team with just 282 minutes across all competitions – is unlikely to make much difference and get this deal over the line.
Lyon would essentially be swapping a 21-year-old in good form and with big market potential for a veteran who may only have another 18 months in him at elite level.
6 foot 4 Giroud may be a World Cup winner but all in all, selling now and on these terms doesn’t make much sense from Lyon’s perspective.
Elsewhere, Real Madrid would make a huge mistake by chasing one of the big stars that are also on Chelsea’s radar…