Chelsea might have been handed a boost in their pursuit of Lyon striker Moussa Dembele. According to French outlet L’Equipe, the Ligue 1 side have agreed a deal for a new striker in the form of Villareal striker Karl Toko Ekambi, which could open the door for Dembele to move on.

The report states that the 27-year-old Cameroonian will make a move to France on an initial loan deal with an obligation to buy for around £18 million. Toko Ekambi has scored six goals and provided two assists in La Liga this season and could thrive in Ligue 1.

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He and Dembele are very similar forwards in terms of their style. Both are powerful, pacey strikers who do similar jobs on the pitch, so they are unlikely to be used together. Lyon might be preparing for life after Dembele, despite the recent statement released on the club website. 

It read: ”We would like to reaffirm our wish, as we did in the summer of 2019, to keep Moussa Dembele. The club has full confidence in Moussa and is counting on him in particular as we aim to build a successful team for the coming seasons.”

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The above statement makes it clear that the club does not want to lose Dembele, but if Toko Ekambi moves, they may have changed their tune. It would be a weird move to make if they were insistent on keeping the French forward.

Lampard will be hoping that Lyon are now considering selling Dembele. Chelsea desperately needs something more upfront and he would certainly provide that. His 11 goals in 19 Ligue 1 games prove he has what it takes to play at the top level.

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