Chelsea prepare £40m cash plus player offer for Lyon forward Dembele (Sun)

Chelsea prepare £40m cash plus player offer for Lyon forward Dembele

Chelsea are reportedly set to try and break Lyon's resolve by offering £40million plus Olivier Giroud in a bid to sign Moussa Dembele.

Chelsea are planning to offer Giroud to try and tempt Lyon, according to The Sun - believing Dembele himself is keen on a move to Stamford Bridge.

France striker Giroud has fallen out of favour at Chelsea, and his national team boss Didier Deschamps wants him to be playing regular football so he can include him in his squad for this summer's Euro 2020 finals.

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard will be given cash to improve his squad this month, but report from the Sun says the club legend is unwilling to pay over the odds for any player.

So, Chelsea are hoping the player-plus-cash offer will prove the ideal mix to tempt Lyon into selling France under-21 international Dembele.

The statement issued by Lyon last week read: "Olympique Lyonnais has taken note of certain information relayed by the media suggesting that Moussa Dembélé could interest other clubs during this transfer window.

"OL would like to reaffirm its wish, as in the summer of 2019, to keep Moussa Dembélé.

"The club has full confidence in Moussa and counts in particular on him to build a successful team for the seasons to come." Follow us on Twitter and on Facebook

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