‘It is not a question of money… Moussa will be with us’: Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas rules out selling striker Dembele AGAIN amid Premier League interest in the January window
- Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has again ruled out selling Moussa Dembele
- Chelsea and Manchester United are both interested in buying the French striker
- Aulas will not consider letting his prized asset leave the club in January though
Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has once again ruled out selling Moussa Dembele in the January transfer window.
Chelsea are very interested in securing a deal for the French striker, while Manchester United are also keen on landing the former Celtic and Fulham star.
It was thought that it would be near impossible to get Dembele out of the Ligue 1 side before the end of this month and Aulas has once again shut down any talk of letting his prized asset go.
Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has dismissed the chance of striker Moussa Dembele leaving
Aulas shut down any talk of letting his prized asset go amid interest from the Premier League
Speaking on RMC, he said: ‘We have not changed our minds. We already made this issue clear in August.
‘Moussa is an excellent player. A player who we need.
‘We are taking explicit measures in our recruitment to not bring someone in who will compete for his position. It is not a question of money. Moussa will be with us.’
Scouts from both Manchester City and United, as well as Premier League rivals Newcastle and West Ham, were in attendance to watch Dembele score in Lyon’s win at Bordeaux last week.
Chelsea have also watched him in action and the Blues had a bid rejected by Lyon earlier this month, but Sportsmail understands they are still keen on the 23-year-old despite his current side saying they have no intention of selling him.
Dembele has scored 14 goals so far this season and a host of English clubs have scouted him
He has hit 11 goals in Ligue 1 already this season and his tally for the campaign across all competitions stands at 14.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is free to spend after the Blues were banned from making signings in the summer and has identified Dembele as a player who would improve his forward options.
Solskjaer, meanwhile, desperately needs another forward option having failed to sign a replacement for Romelu Lukaku in the summer.
United have been far too reliant on Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial so far this campaign and need another regular source of goals in their pursuit of Champions League football.
Dembele’s history — he started his professional career at Fulham before moving to Celtic and then Lyon — means a move to west London should be no problem.