Chelsea in pole position to sign 23-year-old French centre-forward

London club have been sent a clear message over the possible transfer of Lyon centre-forward Moussa Dembele. The Blues have been linked with U21 France international on several occasions in recent times by the Sun and others, but it looks like Les Gones president Jean-Michel Aulas is keen to make it clear he won’t be selling the in-form striker.

“We have not changed our minds. We already made this issue clear in August,” Aulas said. “Moussa is an excellent player. A player who we need. “We are taking explicit measures in our recruitment not to bring someone in who will compete for his position. It is not a question of money. Moussa will be with us.”

London club could do with a new signing upfront this winter, with coach Frank Lampard overly reliant on striker Tammy Abraham this campaign. The 22-year-old centre-forward has, in fairness, performed very well for Frank’s side, but it’s his first campaign as the first choice up front for such a big club.

Much of Tammy’s previous experience has come in the Championship, so it’s a big step up, and more depth could be useful for Chelsea. Olivier Giroud and Michy Batshuayi have not had much of a look-in, so Moussa makes sense as someone who could have been a good rotation option.

Lyon don’t seem prepared to sell, however, so Blues now have to see if they can find anyone else in a final couple of weeks of the transfer window. London club have excellent consequences in the Premier League this campaign as they are in a third place in the table.