Chelsea claim ‘first refusal’ on signing striker

Chelsea will most certainly be looking to sign a new striker in the summer.

Olivier Giroud’s contract is up at the end of the season, and Michy Batshuayi will surely look to the exit door after another season predominantly on the bench.

This solely leaves Tammy Abraham, who is the clubs top goalscorer and has done very well in his first season in the Blues first team.

But he will need some solid competition, and Chelsea have been linked with Lyon striker Moussa Dembele intensively.

They tried to sign him in January, but Lyon did not want to let their main striker leave halfway through the season, naturally.

But as reported by The Mirror, because of those negotiations, Chelsea now hold first refusal of signing Demebele when the transfer window reopens.

The former Fulham and Celtric striker has been on Chelsea’s radar for a long time, so it is unclear whether Lampard wants him or not, or whether he is being pushed more by the club.