Chelsea are holding negotiations with Barcelona star Ousmane Dembele’s entourage after having their FIFA transfer ban reduced following an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
That is according to La Gazzetta dello Sport journalist Nicolo Schira, who claims that Dembele’s agents were in contact with the Blues’ chief Marina Granovskaia last week.
“Chelsea is interested in Ousmane Dembele. Last week his agent has talked with Marina Granovskaia.” – Nicolo Schira said.
This comes after CAS halved the London club’s transfer ban to one window, which was served in the summer, and that means they’ll be allowed to sign players next month.
The Premier League outfit were slapped with a two-window ban by FIFA in February for breaching regulations on signing young players.
Ousmane appears to have joined the list of the Blues’ targets, which also reportedly includes the likes of Crystal Palace man Wilfried Zaha, Leicester ace Ben Chilwell, Borussia Dortmund starlet Jadon Sancho and more.
Boss Frank Lampard is pleased with CAS’ decision but remained coy regarding his side’s transfer strategy as he claims this is a “discussion we can take up”.
Frank said: “It’s a positive outcome for us. It allows us the potential to look at the market going forward.
“So I’m pleased from a footballing level. It was never my business to get involved in the reasons why or the legal side of it.”
Dembele rose to prominence during his one-year stint at die Borussen where he scored 10 goals in 50 matches.
The France international winger then moved to Barcelona two years ago on a staggering £135.5m move.