According to Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws Chelsea are ready to swoop for AZ Alkmaar and Belgium forward Moussa Dembele. Having been linked with Milan's Alexandre Pato and Twente's Marko Arnautovic, new boss Carlo Ancelotti seems to have switched his primary objective to Dembele. Highly rated by club and country, the 21-year-old striker has reportedly been a target for Chelsea and Arsenal in recent weeks but it appears that the team from West London have stolen a march on the Gunners. Impressive in AZ's first title victory in 28 years and Belgium's run to the semi finals of the Beijing Olympics, Dembele has become one of Europe's hottest properties. With the likes of Juventus, Milan, Fiorentina and Sevilla also interested in the youngster, Chelsea will have to move soon to get their man. The Dutch champions are willing to let go of their prize asset for an estimated fee of €20 million. There is even a possibility that Chelsea will buy him and farm him back out on loan to AZ next season, allowing the forward to gain vital Champions League experience that he may not get straight away at Stamford Bridge.
12 June 2009
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