While Chelsea fans in the Transfer Tavern have been swamped with links to a number of top European stars, those drinking in here tonight have been excited by reports from the Evening Standard linking them with a move for Fulham forward Moussa Dembele.
His 16 goals across all competitions for a Cottagers side that has largely struggled this season have not gone unnoticed, with the former PSG academy star being linked with a number of big moves.
His exploits this season have seen him nominated for the prestigious Football League Young Player of the Year award, previously won by the likes of Dele Alli and Gareth Bale.
A deal to take him to Tottenham Hotspur over the January transfer window fell at the final hurdle, though his contract at Craven Cottage is due to expire in the summer anyway.
The Blues are said to be aiming to bring the 19-year old to Stamford Bridge, making the short trip across West London, in an effort the rejuvenate their ailing attack.
Doubts remain over the long-term future of Diego Costa, while both Radamel Falcao and Loic Remy have failed to convince during their respective times on the books.
It is understood that the talented French forward would then be loaned should he become a Blues player.
The compensation to bring him to Chelsea would yield much higher a fee than one should he move abroad.
Fulham could expect just £300,000 should he leave the country, though if he were to join an English side, a much higher summer would have to be paid.
Danny Ings cost Liverpool around £8m despite being a free agent, because he was under the age of 24 at the time of the deal.
Should Dembele bother with Chelsea? They don’t have the greatest record in bringing through players….
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