CHELSEA are ready to fight Manchester United in the summer for Moussa Dembele after “prioritising” a move for the Lyon striker.
The Blues were believed to be keen on RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner.
However, Liverpool have edged out in front of their rivals for the 27-goal hitman, a fact the West London club have accepted.
Now The Athletic claim Chelsea are eager to sign Dembele instead.
And they have made him their No1 striking target for the summer window.
The ex-Fulham star, 23, has scored 16 times in 27 French top-flight matches this season, attracting the attention of United also.
After making the breakthrough at Craven Cottage, he left for Celtic in 2016 and got 26 goals in 55 appearances, leading to a switch to Lyon in 2018.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is desperate to bolster his attacking options once the window re-opens.
Tammy Abraham has been promoted to the club’s senior striker since Lampard’s arrival and he has responded with 13 Premier League goals.
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