Andre Villas Boas has allegedly stepped up his pursuit of Moussa Dembélé and is ready to table a £10m to west-London neighbours Fulham.
Chelsea are currently a club in transition under the new manager and it has taken longer than ideal for Villas Boas to install his style and bring in his own players to the club. So called deadwood players such as Frank Lampard have performed much better than expected this season and Villas Boas has found it hard to leave the likes of the England midfielder out of the team.
But with clubs such as PSG circling for the player, Villas Boas may now be able to use some of those spare funds to attract the talented Fulham forward to the club.
The Belgian international has been the shining light in a rather inconsistent Fulham side this season that have the ability to beat the best, but also drop points against the bottom sides. He has only notched one goal but his all-round play has been near faultless, which has caught the attention of plenty of Premier League scouts.
Signed by Mark Hughes in a £5m deal from AZ Alkmaar, where he played a huge part in their 2009 championship winning side, Dembele’s game would suit Chelsea’s free-flowing attacking style perfectly as would his energy without the ball. His ability to work hard for the team is apparently one the reasons the Chelsea boss has turned his attention to the player.
However Fulham boss Martin Jol is adamant he will be able to turn down big bids from various clubs for his best players and Chelsea will need to work hard in order to get this deal done.