Chelsea are hoping that an offer of Olivier Giroud will tempt Lyon into parting with striker Moussa Dembele during the January transfer window.
Frank Lampard is keen to add a striker to his squad this month and Dembele has emerged as one of his primary targets, as he looks to lighten the goal-scoring burden on Tammy Abraham. Lyon are adamant that they do not want to sell the 23-year-old, releasing a statement confirming as much, and Chelsea have reportedly had an initial offer of around �34m turned down. However, the Blues plan to return with another offer which includes out of favour striker Olivier Giroud in the hope that the former Arsenal man will sweeten the deal, report the Sun.
Giroud has started just two Premier League games this season and has failed to score in the league, looking completely out of Lampard�s plans as he builds a young, fast-paced side.
The 33-year-old has also been told by France manager Didier Deschamps that he must be playing regularly to make the Euro 2020 squad, so he is keen to move in January. Chelsea may have to up their cash offer to around 40m euros and include Giroud to tempt Lyon into any business, though, with the Ligue 1 side really not keen to sell Dembele at all. Lyon issues a statement on the issue, which read:
‘Olympique Lyonnais has taken note of certain information relayed by the media suggesting that Moussa Dembele could interest other clubs during this transfer window. ‘OL would like to reaffirm its wish, as in the summer of 2019, to keep Moussa Dembele. ‘The club has full confidence in Moussa and counts in particular on him to build a successful team for the seasons to come.’ Dembele has scored 10 goals in just 18 Ligue 1 games this season and 25 in 51 since arriving at the club from Celtic in 2018.