Chelsea have reportedly been offered the chance to secure the services of Atletico Madrid forward Thomas Lemar in January.
The Spanish outfit are believed to be willing to let Thomas Lemar depart from the Wanda Metropolitano during the ongoing window having been disappointing with his impact since his £51m move from Monaco in 2018.
The 24-year-old has only nine La Liga starts so far this campaign and is yet to open his account for the season, with his most recent goal for Diego Simeone’s side coming in April.
Atletico Madrid would be willing to make a slight loss if they are able to offload French forward this month, putting a £50m asking price on his head amid speculation that Tottenham and Arsenal are also interested.
However, The Telegraph claims that Spurs, Chelsea and Arsenal would all prefer an initial loan contract for a fee of £5m.
The Gunners are believed to have taken a step back in the race for the French forward, while the Blues have reportedly now moved ahead of Tottenham Hotspur after making a loan offer.
The West London club are in the market for a new forward with uncertainty surrounding the futures of Pedro and Willian and see Lemar as a potential alternative to Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho and £80m-rated Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha.
The Blues head-coach Frank Lampard reportedly has £150m to spend this month after the West London club were banned from bringing any new faces in during the summer when they sold Eden Hazard to Real Madrid.