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Chelsea, Manchester United handed Moussa Dembele transfer boost?

Chelsea and Manchester United appear to have been handed a boost in their pursuit of Moussa Dembele as Jean-Michel Aulas acknowledges Lyon's players may seek a move away.

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has admitted that it will be difficult to keep hold of striker Moussa Dembele this summer amid links with Chelsea and Manchester United.

The 23-year-old is rumoured to have been identified by both Premier League clubs as the ideal player to lead their line next season.

Dembele has scored 22 goals in 42 appearances across all competitions this season and is under contract with Lyon for another three years.

Chelsea and United have been handed a boost in their pursuit of the Frenchman, however, as Aulas concedes that it will be tricky persuading players to stay at Lyon after the club missed out on a European finish in Ligue 1 for the first time since 1997.

"I am going to do everything to keep the players," he told Le Progres.

"But players who are programmed to play in Europe may want to go elsewhere because we don't have European football."

Houssem Aouar is another Lyon player attracting interest from heavyweight clubs across Europe, with Liverpool, Manchester City and Arsenal said to be lining up a move.

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ATHLETICS
· There are no Brits in the women's 100m hurdles final, but Puerto Rico's Jasmine Camacho-Quinn, fresh from breaking the Olympic record in the semis, will hope to pip world record holder Kendra Harrison to gold (3.50am)
· The women's 5000m final also has no Team GB representation, but two-time world champion Hellen Obiri of Kenya will be looking to add an Olympic gold to her list of honours (1.40pm)

SAILING
· The women's skiff 49er FX (6.33am) and men's skiff 49er (7.33am) come to their conclusion, with Team GB involved in both medal races

FOOTBALL
· A place in the women's gold medal match is up for grabs, starting with an all-North American semi-final between United States and Canada (9am)
· Australia, who edged past Team GB's in a seven-goal quarter-final thriller, take on Sweden in the second semi-final (12pm)

CYCLING
· The track cycling schedule gets underway, with Team GB holding a particular interest in the team pursuit qualifying. Laura Kenny is part of the women's team (7.54am), while the men's team includes Ed Clancy (9.02am)

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
· The Gadirova twins Jessica and Jennifer will both take part in the women's floor final as they look to add to their team bronze (9.57am)

WEIGHTLIFTING
· Newly-crowned European champion Emily Campbell flies the flag for Great Britain in the women's +87kg, but faces stiff competition for medals from China's Li Wenwen and New Zealand's Laurel Hubbard (11.50am)

HOCKEY
· The women's hockey quarter-finals begin, with Team GB last up against Spain (1pm)

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