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.
Ousmane Dembele wants assurances over being a starter at Chelsea if he is to join.
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.
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.
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 centre-back Milan Skriniar, with Chelsea interested in both players.