According to several reports, Olympique Lyon have responded to Chelsea's offer for their red-hot striker Moussa Dembele, by rejecting it outright.
Dembele has been earmarked as one of Frank Lampard's top targets, mainly to try and ease off the goalscoring load off of Tammy Abraham, with the Englishman being the club's top scorer in the Premier League this season, with 12 goals.
However, in recent weeks, Abraham has struggled up top, possibly due to fatigue, with him scoring just one goal in his last six Premier League games.
On the other hand, Moussa Dembele has been very lively for Lyon this season, despite the French club's struggles domestically. with Dembele scoring ten goals in Ligue 1 this season. This may seem inferior to Abraham's numbers, but considering that Lyon are currently 12th in the league, they are still impressive numbers.
However, Lyon made a public statement on Thursday, stating that Dembele was not for sale, decreasing the likelihood of Chelsea signing the Frenchman.
The statement 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. We would like to reaffirm its wish, as in the summer of 2019, to keep Moussa Dembele."
Lyon added that "The club has full confidence in Moussa and counts in particular on him to build a successful team for the seasons to come."
Dembele still has three years left on his Lyon contract, but several clubs, such as Chelsea and Manchester United are interested in the Frenchman.