Manchester United and Chelsea on red alert after Lyon president admits he may have to sell this summer… with Premier League giants eyeing £60m deal for striker Moussa Dembele
- Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas revealed he may be forced to sell this summer
- The revelation comes with the Ligue 1 side having failed to qualify for Europe
- Striker Moussa Dembele is interesting Premier League duo Man Utd and Chelsea
- The 23-year-old Frenchman hit 22 goals in all competitions for Lyon this term
Manchester United and Chelsea are keeping an eye on developments with Lyon’s star striker Moussa Dembele after the club president revealed he may be forced to sell players this summer.
The Premier League giants are courting the 23-year-old former Celtic man, who has scored 22 goals in all competitions this season.
Chelsea were unsuccessful in their January pursuit of the Frenchman but may be encouraged to try again, with the Ligue 1 side reportedly willing to listen to offers in the region of £60m, after the revelation of president Jean-Michel Aulas.
Lyon’s star striker Moussa Dembele could leave the club for around £60million this summer
Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas says he may be forced to sell after not qualifying for Europe
‘I am going to do everything to keep the players,’ the Lyon chief told French outlet Le Progres.
‘But players who are programmed to play in Europe could want to go elsewhere because we don’t have European football.’
With the Ligue 1 season already cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak, Lyon will not be playing in Europe after finishing in seventh, as positions were decided on a points-per-game basis.
As such, they could be open to allowing their star man to leave after 42 goals in 88 appearances in all competitions for the club.
The Frenchman has scored 42 goals in 88 appearances in all competitions for Lyon
Dembele first impressed while playing for Brendan Rodgers’ successful Celtic team
He moved back to France from Celtic in January 2018 after a successful period in Scotland, where he the Treble of Scottish Premiership, Scottish Cup and League Cup twice.
He previously played for Fulham as a teenager after joining from PSG’s youth team in 2012.
Frank Lampard’s Chelsea are looking for competition for Tammy Abraham up front, with Michy Batshuayi set to leave Stamford Bridge this summer.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is also in the market for a new frontman, particularly if they decide not to sign Odion Ighalo permanently from Shanghai Shenhua.