Chelsea to rival Manchester United for £71m-rated Lyon striker Moussa Dembele if transfer ban is overturned – reports

Chelsea will reportedly battle Manchester United to sign Lyon striker Moussa Dembele in January if their transfer ban is overturned.

The Blues were hit with a two-window ban in February after breaching rules relating to the signing of minors.

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Moussa Dembele is in demand
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After an unsuccessful attempt to overturn the ban at FIFA’s appeals committee in April, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) will rule on the issue on November 20.

If CAS overturn the ban, Chelsea will be able to do business in January.

And the Mail claim the Blues will rival Manchester United to bring in former Celtic hitman Dembele.

The 23-year-old has scored 23 Ligue 1 goals in 44 appearances since joining Lyon in a £19.7million deal in August 2018.

Dembele is believed to be valued at around £71million by Lyon.

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United failed to sign a replacement for Romelu Lukaku, who joined Inter Milan for £72million in August, while Chelsea could allow out-of-favour striker Olivier Giroud to leave in January.

Tammy Abraham and Michy Batshuayi are ahead of the France star in the pecking order at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea’s inability to sign players in the summer transfer window has seen their academy graduates flourish this season.

Abraham, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori have become first-team regulars under Frank Lampard.

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Tammy Abraham has scored 10 goals for Chelsea so far this season
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On Monday, the Chelsea manager appeared relaxed when asked about the possibility of the club’s transfer ban being overturned.

Lampard said: “I’ll be very interested of course but I have no comment as such now.

“I actually don’t know enough detail. It is a legal matter and I don’t know enough of the legals to even delve.

“But of course I’m interested because it’s going to affect what we can do in January or not.

“But it is a little bit down my list to be fair because the matter in hand is Ajax tomorrow and the matter in hand then will be Crystal Palace [on Saturday].

“I’m not going too far ahead with what happens. We’ll see and at that point we’ll see how it affects us.”

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