As per a report from French outlet Foot Mercato, Chelsea have seen an offer of €40 million for Moussa Dembele firmly rejected by Lyon.
23-year-old hitman Dembele made a return to his home country in the summer of 2018, when the Frenchman joined Lyon from Celtic for €22 million.
And, on the back of an impressive stint with the Scottish champions, Dembele has since gone on to carry his goalscoring exploits back to Ligue 1.
The powerful attacker’s debut season at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais saw him rack up 20 goals and 6 assists across all competitions.
Moussa Dembele just loves a derby goal 🙌
A 95th-minute winner to send Lyon above rivals Saint-Etienne into 3rd in Ligue 1?
The fans will be talking about this one for some time 👊 pic.twitter.com/C8DPpCtJdF
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) January 20, 2019
To this point in the current campaign, meanwhile, Dembele has found the net a solid 10 times in 18 league outings (16 starts).
Chelsea join hunt
As such, the French talent, who has also notched 13 goals in 25 appearances for Les Bleus’ U21 side, is unsurprisingly beginning to catch the eye of some of European football’s heavyweights.
Reports earlier this season saw Manchester United heavily-linked with a swoop for Dembele.
Duncan Castles even went as far as to claim that contact has already been established with Lyon on the part of the Red Devils:
‘I can tell you there has been contact between Manchester United and individuals close to Moussa Dembele to assess the player’s interest in the move and to work out what the cost would be in terms of salary.’
The latest speculation across Europe over the last 48 hours, though, has seen another of the Premier League’s giants named as fellow suitors of Dembele.
The outfit in question? Chelsea.
BREAKING: Chelsea are considering a move to sign Lyon striker Moussa Dembele.
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) December 31, 2019
And, as outlined above, French outlet Foot Mercato have today provided an update on the situation.
It is claimed that Chelsea have taken their interest in Dembele to the point of lodging a first official bid.
This offer, meanwhile, is said to have been worth €40 million.
Lyon, though, knocked the Blues back without a 2nd thought, with OL demanding a considerably higher fee for their star hitman.
Chelsea, though, could well appease the Ligue 1 outfit, by including the out-of-favour Olivier Giroud in their next offer.