Ousmane Dembele ready to join Chelsea – but Barcelona star does NOT want to sit on bench & wants assurances he’ll start

OUSMANE DEMBELE is ready to join the Chelsea revolution — but refuses to watch it from the bench.

The Barcelona forward, 25, is wanted by boss Thomas Tuchel as a replacement for misfit Romelu Lukaku, who is edging closer to a return to Inter Milan.

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Ousmane Dembele wants assurances over being a starter at Chelsea if he is to joinCredit: Rex

Dembele has serious ambitions to win the Premier League title and Champions League.

But he wants assurances from Tuchel that he will be a Chelsea starter and not subject to strict squad rotation.

Dembele completed 90 minutes on only nine occasions last season but still finished it with 13 assists — the most in LaLiga.

The 27-cap France star has grown frustrated at the Nou Camp having started just 41 per cent of games he has played in the last three seasons.

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He played for Tuchel at Borussia Dortmund and the coach described him as a “crazy talent”.

Dembele’s stunning form in Germany earned him a move to Barca in a deal worth £138million, with £97m paid up front.

Inter Milan have had their offer of an £8m loan fee to lure Lukaku back – just 12 months after he left for England in a whopping £97m transfer – rejected.

Chelsea want more than double that to help fund their search for an alternative — but they are coming round to the idea of ​​letting Lukaku go.

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Dembele is a target even though he is not a like-for-like swap for Lukaku — a classic No 9.

Chelsea’s head coach has proved versatile in his approach to his front line, playing Kai Havertz in the middle of a front three as a so-called ‘false nine’.

Lukaku is willing to take a cut on his £325,000-a-week wages to find happiness back in Italy.

But Inter are also hoping to raise extra funds by selling right-back Denzel Dumfries and offloading center-back Milan Skriniar, with Chelsea interested in both players.

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