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Media Watch: Ex-Blue set for Premier League return, Lyon insist Dembele is not for sale, PSG coach admits Cavani could leave

In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, we have updates on possible comings and goings with nine days left in the transfer window as a former Blues forward is rumoured to be heading back to England while speculation on the future of Edinson Cavani continues to build.

These stories are samples pulled from external media sources. They do not represent the views or position of Chelsea Football Club.

Traore to return to Premier League?

Former Chelsea forward Bertrand Traore is rumoured to be returning to England with Bournemouth expressing interest in signing him on loan from Lyon, the Daily Mail reports.

With Lyon signing Cameroonian forward Karl Toko Ekambi this week, there is speculation the French club will allow the Burkina Faso international to leave with Premier League strugglers Bournemouth a leading contender for his services.

‘Lyon signed Karl Toko Ekambi from Villarreal on Monday and his arrival will put pressure on the forward positions,’ states the Mail.

‘Bournemouth are keen on Traore, who joined the French side from Chelsea in 2017. His value has soared since with the 24-year-old impressing in European competition and being regarded in the £35million bracket.

‘Bournemouth have plummeted down the Premier League table and need a signing to lift a squad that has been severely stretched by injury and suspensions.

‘They want a wide forward and have discussed trying an initial loan with obligation for a set fee in the summer should their Premier League status be preserved.’


Lyon still want to keep Dembele

Although Lyon appear willing to let Traore leave, the Mirror reports they still want to keep hold of striker Moussa Dembele, who has been linked with a move to Chelsea this month.

Lyon president Jean Michel Aulas has insisted the club do not want to sell either Dembele or midfielder Lucas Tousart, who is rumoured to be moving to Hertha Berlin.

‘Our players are often targeted,’ said Aulas. ‘We want Moussa Dembele and Lucas Tousart to stay.

‘The latter has received significant offers. If he leaves, we will have to replace him first.

‘But I think they will stay. Now is not the time for us to weaken our team.’

Lyon are currently seventh in Ligue 1 and face Juventus in the last 16 of the Champions League next month.


Tuchel doesn’t rule out Cavani departure

According to the Daily Mail, speculation over the future of Edinson Cavani continues to mount with Paris Saint-Germain manager Thomas Tuchel admitting the striker could leave the French champions this month.

With Chelsea rumoured to be pursuing the Uruguayan along with Atletico Madrid, Tuchel said he cannot rule out the possibility of the 32-year-old moving on after six-and-a-half seasons at the Parc des Princes.

‘We don't want to lose a player but it can happen, it's reality. We have to wait, maybe nothing will happen. I'm calm,’ said the German.

'[PSG sporting director] Leonardo said everything and that's good. Edi is my player and I'm happy it is like that.'

The Maill adds that Cavani has just six months remaining on his PSG contract and has found himself down the pecking order at the club following a series of injuries and the arrival of Mauro Icardi last summer.

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