Chelsea have done some huge transfer business this year and need to get rid of players who are not a part of the squad anymore.
Frank Lampard has made some big Chelsea signings this summer but his side has been inconsistent of late. Following defeats against Everton and Wolverhampton Wanderers, the Englishman is once again coming into scrutiny but continues to plan for the squad for the foreseeable future- which includes the January transfer window.
West Ham superstar Declan Rice is on the club’s radar but they have also been linked with selling Olivier Giroud. The World Cup winner has found game-time hard to come by this season despite delivering when called upon. Giroud, as well as Didier Deschamps, have stated that the striker needs regular minutes ahead of the European Championship.
Todo Fichajes has reported that the Chelsea boss though is reluctant in allowing Giroud to leave the club during the winter. The France international has been in a great run of form these last couple of months, which has included the scoring of five goals in four Champions League fixtures this season, besides his hold-up play which has allowed Timo Werner to play in full flow as well.
Lampard wanting to keep hold of Giroud makes complete sense because of the experience and quality he brings in. Additionally, the former Arsenal striker has been playing better than Tammy Abraham, the alternate choice. If the west Londoners part company with such a crucial player in January, their ambitions for the remaining season may take a hit.
If Chelsea don’t get rid of Olivier Giroud in January, they will lose him for free in the summer. On the other hand, Inter Milan and Lazio are willing to pay 5 million euros for his signing in January. The club now faces a tough choice in keeping its manager’s plans intact or effectively losing out on a transfer fee worth 5 million euros.