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Fulham teenage star spotted at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, Chelsea signing imminent?

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According to Sky Sports, Chelsea along with "a number of clubs" are interested in France U20 striker Moussa Dembélé, who has been with Fulham since 2012, when he joined their academy from PSG's youth system as a 16-year-old.

Dembélé, not to be confused with Spurs' similarly named Belgian midfielder (Mousa, with just one 's'), was apparently in attendance at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea slumped to a 3-0 home loss to Manchester City, leading to speculation that Chelsea are close to beating the likes of Tottenham Hotspur to the 19-year-old's signature.  Dembélé actually came very close to signing with Spurs in the last transfer window, but the deal fell through due to Fulham's demands of having the striker stay at the club until the end of the season on a loan deal.

Two years on from their relegation from the Premier League, Fulham have fallen to 20th in the Championship this season, only 9 points above MK Dons and the relegation zone.  Dembélé had actually made three appearances in their final top flight campaign, and since then, he's become one of their best players. The young French international has been one of the few highlights of their current season, forming a good partnership with the club's leading goalscorer Ross McCormack.

Dembélé would represent more of a long-term project than an immediate solution were Chelsea able to sign him up.  While the team is already stocked with plenty of young attacking talent, especially if we take youth prospects and loanees into account, Dembélé is out of contract this summer and would be a potential bargain who's probably worth taking a flyer on after scoring 16 goals in his first full season as a professional.

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