Lyon ‘braced for numerous bids’ as Man Utd and Chelsea lead Dembele race

Lyon are bracing themselves for numerous bids for Moussa Dembele this summer with Man Utd and Chelsea leading the race for his signature.

Both clubs are keen on landing the Frenchman, who is valued by Lyon at around £60million, according to the Sun.

Chelsea have made signing a striker a top priority after a difficult January window in which they had a £33m bid knocked back for Dembele.

United have held a longer interest in the player since the back end of last season and continue to monitor his situation in France.

The Red Devils are yet to replace Romelu Lukaku following his departure last summer, and are reportedly lining up a £150,000-per-week contract offer to tempt Dembele to Old Trafford.

Much could depend on how the coronavirus crisis impacts clubs economically.

United already have Odion Ighalo on loan as back-up, and are believed to be keen on making the deal permanent.

Ighalo would represent a cut-price alternative for United, which could leave the way clear for Chelsea to swoop for Dembele.

The Blues are losing Olivier Giroud when his contract expires this summer, and Michy Batshuayi could also be offloaded.

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