Manchester United and Manchester City were reportedly among the list of clubs to have scouted Lyon’s Moussa Dembélé when he scored in Saturday’s 2-1 win at Bordeaux. However, there are rumours Chelsea have already agreed terms with the striker.
Four Premier League clubs were reported to have scouts in attendance when Dembélé's goal helped give Lyon their third win in four games; Simon Jones of MailOnline wrote West Ham United and Newcastle United also had representatives at the Stade Matmut-Atlantique.
English giants City look well-stocked in the striker sector with Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus at present, while United have used 18-year-old Mason Greenwood as backup to Marcus Rashford.
The Blues have looked like frontrunners to sign Dembélé if he does leave Lyon, whose president, Jean-Michel Aulas, recently released a statement (via Get French Football News) saying his star wanted to remain with the club.
Journalist Duncan Castles claimed on the Transfer Window Podcast (via Andy Ha and Amie Wilson of Football.London) that Dembélé had already agreed a deal with Chelsea, though he can’t move unless the two clubs come to terms.
Lyon are reliant on Dembélé, 23, to lead their line after attack partner Memphis Depay tore his anterior cruciate ligament in December, which could rule him out until June.
The former Fulham and Celtic frontman has scored 10 times in 18 Ligue 1 outings this season and is hopeful of earning his first call-up to Didier Deschamps’ senior France squad.
Chelsea could make room for Dembélé's arrival if they sell Olivier Giroud to Inter Milan this month. Sky in Italy reported the Nerazzurri are a little more than $1 million off in their offer to land the Frenchman, who has been sat firmly outside Frank Lampard’s plans this season.