Chelsea ‘will test Lyon’s resolve over £40m Moussa Dembele by offering wantaway striker Olivier Giroud as a makeweight’ in January transfer
- Chelsea are keen to strengthen their attacking options during January window
- One target is Lyon’s prolific France international striker Moussa Dembele
- But the Ligue 1 club have dug in their heels and don’t want to sell the forward
- Chelsea ‘will use Olivier Giroud as a makeweight’ to try and secure £40m deal
- Giroud is keen to leave Stamford Bridge to get more playing time before Euros
Chelsea ‘will test Lyon’s resolve over Moussa Dembele by offering striker Olivier Giroud as a makeweight in any deal.’
The Blues are keen to boost their firepower during the current transfer window and have earmarked 23-year-old France forward Dembele, who has scored 10 times in the league this season.
But Lyon have dug in their heels so far and released a public statement saying they have no intention of selling their key forward this month.
Chelsea ‘are prepared to offer Olivier Giroud’ in any deal for Moussa Dembele (above)
Dembele has been in prolific form this season and Chelsea hope to sign him for £40m or less
According to The Sun, Chelsea aren’t prepared to give up their pursuit and will include wantaway player Giroud in an attempt to convince Lyon to sell Dembele for £40million.
Tammy Abraham has taken on most of the goalscoring burden for Frank Lampard’s side this season, scoring 14 times in all competitions, and the manager wants someone to share the responsibility with the youngster.
Chelsea hope including Giroud, who has played just seven times for them this season and scored once, will entice Lyon to enter negotiations.
Giroud is keen to get away from Stamford Bridge because of a lack of playing time
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is eager to boost his options up front this month
Giroud, 33, is keen to leave Stamford Bridge this month in order to gain more regular game time and boost his chances of making the France squad for Euro 2020.
Inter Milan have been linked with Giroud but were put off by Chelsea’s £6m asking price, especially given his contract expires this summer.