Chelsea have received a setback by Lyon chief Jean-Michel Aulas, who has revealed that Moussa Dembele wants to stay at the club this month. The Blues are ready to pay up to £34million for the striker but may now have to wait until the summer to conclude the deal.
The statement on Lyon website confirming that the club will not consider selling the Frenchman this month, after he declared he wants to stay put.
“We are not in a dramatic situation. It is difficult in terms of the content of our football but we are still in all the competitions,” Aulas said.
“We are going to try to strengthen. Our first reaction is to look to the youngsters in the academy who are playing and showing more.
“The second is to sign players. The board has decided to do it but not at any price and not at all costs.
“We will only do deals that correspond with what our Sporting Director, board members and manager want.
“They are not pieces of good news that are coming from Spain, but they are pieces of news… Moussa Dembele will not leave because he wants to stay to win something with Lyon.
“There have been offers for him and for other players but none of those that we want to keep will leave in January.”
Chelsea are believed to have tabled an offer for the former Fulham and Celtic man, which forced Lyon into another statement last week which confirmed their stance on a sale.
“Olympique Lyonnais has taken note of certain information relayed by the media suggesting that Moussa Dembele could interest other clubs during this transfer window,” it read.
“OL would like to reaffirm its wish, as in the summer of 2019, to keep Moussa Dembele.
“The club has full confidence in Moussa and counts in particular on him to build a successful team for the seasons to come.”
Frank Lampard wants to add further firepower to his frontline as the futures of Michy Batshuayi and Olivier Giroud remain uncertain.
It’s unlikely that both will be granted exits but one could be heading out the exit door this month, with a host of clubs interested.
All Football News understands that Timo Werner, Jadon Sancho, Wilfried Zaha and Ben Chilwell are all on Lampard’s shortlist but moves for any of those targets will be put on hold until the summer.