Manchester United and Chelsea will have to pay an enormous £83 million if they want to sign Lyon forward Moussa Dembele this summer, according to Sky Sports.
The Premier League pair have had their eye on the former Celtic starlet for a while, and with their attacking play being a cause for concern at the present time, both of them are lining up a move for the France international when the transfer window reopens.
United have seen injuries really hamper them in forward areas this term, highlighted at the present time with Marcus Rashford’s ongoing absence due to injury, and the failure to replace Romelu Lukaku is coming back to bite them.
They have now set their sights on rectifying that, with the Red Devils keen to bring the 23-year-old to Old Trafford, having missed out on signing Erling Haaland in January.
The attacking issues at Chelsea have been something that has come to the fore in recent times, ironically highlighted by their inability to find the net against Manchester United last week.
They are another team who failed to replace a departed forward player in January, and the subsequent injury to Tammy Abraham has left Blues boss Frank Lampard pulling his hair out watching his side labour in front of goal.
Chelsea are never short of funds, and have gone down the route of introducing youngsters into their ranks, so Dembele would fit their current approach perfectly.
It was initially understood that under no circumstances were Lyon wishing to sell their prized asset, who already has 13 goals to his name in this campaign, but they now appreciate that the strength of the Premier League pair make it almost impossible for them to keep their man.
That will be music to the ears of both United and Chelsea, and although the fee needed to get their man make the eyes water, the upside and necessity of it means we could see a battle for his signature between the two ensue this summer.