Ligue 1 club responds to rumours linking 23-year-old forward to Man Utd move

Man Utd and Chelsea have been told any attempts to secure the services of Moussa Dembele this month, however, they seem to have been a huge blow in their pursuit for former Celtic forward.

The French attacker has emerged as a January target for both English top-tier giants this month.

Frank Lampard wants competition for in-form forward Tammy Abraham while Norwegian head-coach, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hopes to strengthen his attacking options to ease the pressure on Marcus Rashford.

However, Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas claims that Dembele won’t leave French giants this month.

“We have not changed our minds. We already made this issue clear in August,” said Aulas.

“Moussa is an excellent player. A player who we need

“We are taking explicit measures in our recruitment to not bring someone in who will compete for his position.

“It is not a question of money. Moussa will be with us.”

The news will come as a huge blow to Man Utd and Chelsea with recent reports claiming that Dembele had been open to a Premier League move this winter.

Aulas even confirmed last week the team had received offers, however, it seems the Red Devils and the Blues will need to turn their attention somewhere else.

Aulas told Lyon’s official website: “Moussa Dembele will not leave because he wants to stay to win something with Lyon.

“There have been offers for him and for other players but none of those that we want to keep will leave in January.”

The Red Devils are chasing midfielder Bruno Fernandes following successful talks with Portuguese giants Sporting Lisbon over a deal on Friday.

Meanwhile, Chelsea are yet to make any new addition after their transfer ban has been lifted.