LYON are reportedly looking to replace Chelsea-bound Malo Gusto with Brighton’s ex-Blue Tariq Lamptey.
Gusto, 19, is one of Chelsea’s top targets ahead of Tuesday’s transfer deadline.
And Todd Boehly is hopeful of finally securing a deal for the right-back after having an initial bid rejected.
A move is starting to look inevitable after Gusto agreed personal terms on a six-and-a-half year contract.
Yet Lyon continue to resist as they hold out for around £30million.
Even so, Fabrizio Romano claims the French side are already scouring the market for a replacement.
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And their top target to replace Gusto is Lamptey.
The 22-year-old joined Brighton from Chelsea three years ago, having been rated as one of England’s top young defenders.
However, a series of unfortunate injuries have limited him to 35 league starts in that time.
And Roberto de Zerbi is open to selling Lamptey this month as he targets a deal for Mykola Matviyenko.
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It’s reckoned numerous European clubs are keeping tabs on the Ghana international.
But Lyon appear to be leading the race as they continue discussing Gusto’s potential move to Chelsea.
Lamptey isn’t the only player who could depart Brighton before deadline day, with Chelsea also keen on midfielder Moises Caicedo.
Should he depart, Brighton could make a stunning move for Liverpool’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Source: Soccer - thesun.co.uk