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Oliver Giroud could leave Chelsea in the January transfer window

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has confirmed that French striker Oliver Giroud could leave the club in the January transfer window. (h/t Sky Sports)

The 33-year-old joined Chelsea from cross-city rivals Arsenal in the winter transfer window in 2018. The striker has gone on to score 19 goals in 70 appearances for the Blues. (h/t Whoscored)

He famously opened the scoring against his former side in the UEFA Europa League final at Baku in 2019.

Giroud has found chances under Lampard limited, with the Chelsea legend choosing to use Tammy Abraham as his primary striker and Michy Batshuayi as his backup.

Giroud had made just 6 appearances this season scoring 1 goal. The player has made more appearances for his National side in the same time and has scored 6 goals in 10 European Championship Qualifiers. (h/t Whoscored)

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Speaking about Giroud’s future, Lampard was quite open regarding the striker’s chances of leaving.

“If the conditions are that it’s something he really wants to do and it works for the club, for me and the squad then it’s something that could happen.”

The 33-year-old was an unused substitute in Chelsea’s 2-0 FA Cup third-round win against Nottingham Forest and fuelled speculation that he is set to leave by appearing to wave goodbye to the Stamford Bridge crowd at the final whistle.

France manager Didier Deschamps also urged the striker to seek more playing time elsewhere. Deschamps spoke of the possibility of dropping the striker if he doesn’t get regular playing time. (h/t ESPN)

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Chelsea are reportedly looking to bring in Lyon’s Moussa Dembele in the January transfer window. The Blues have had a bid of £34million rejected by the French giants. (h/t Sky Sports)

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Frank Lampard claims it is hard for Chelsea players to focus amidst coronavirus

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Frank Lampard claims it is hard for Chelsea players to focus amidst coronavirus

According to a report by Sky Sports, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has claimed that it is very difficult for the team to stay focused amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

With thousands of people losing their lives every single day, this is a situation which is unlike anything the world has ever seen before. Numerous countries are in lockdown to prevent the virus from spreading and these are troubling times indeed.

The ongoing season was suspended until the end of April but as of now, there is concrete timeframe as to when footballing action may return.

Like other teams, Chelsea players are also currently training at home. And Lampard believes that the situation has made it difficult for the players to focus and remain motivated (h/t Sky Sports).

Speaking with Chelsea’s ‘The 5th Stand’ official club app via FaceTime (h/t Sky Sports), Lampard said: “It is very difficult at the moment because we have got nothing concrete in front of us.”

Chelsea were first to impose self-isolation on the players and the staff when Callum Hudson-Odoi became the first in the Premier League to test positive for the disease.

Lampard admitted that these are tough times but was quick to add that he is there for all the players mentally and physically.

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It remains to be seen when things return to normal but for now, the health and well-being of the people should come before anything else.

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Hakim Ziyech urged to not mess up Chelsea transfer after FIFA ruling

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Hakim Ziyech urged to not mess up Chelsea transfer despite FIFA ruling

According to a report by Daily Express, Dutch outlet De Telegraaf has urged Hakim Ziyech to not jeopardize his transfer to Chelsea by playing for Ajax in the summer.

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the season has been suspended until the end of April but it remains to be seen how the situation progresses from here.

The date could be extended further if the situation worsens and as a result, the season would stretch beyond July 1st – which is when his contract with Chelsea will begin (h/t Daily Express).

Ziyech agreed on a deal to join us officially in the summer and acquiring his services was a huge boost for us back in January.

Daily Express claims that FIFA are working towards bringing about short-term contracts to play the remaining fixtures since this has created chaos not just for Ziyech but a lot of players whose futures remain up in the air.

However, the Moroccan has been urged to stick to the original contract that was agreed on by Chelsea and Ajax by De Telegraaf (h/t Daily Express).

Their argument is that FIFA’s short-term measures cannot be compared to an employment contract in the eyes of courts. And hence, he has been advised to not ruin his move to Chelsea.

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This does make sense on numerous levels – the primary one being that things could be complicated further if he picks up an injury in any of these games.

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Berbatov urges Lampard to bring struggling Real Madrid star to Chelsea

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Frank Lampard urged to bring Luka Jovic to Chelsea by Dimitar Berbatov

According to a report by football.london, former Manchester United ace Dimitar Berbatov has urged Frank Lampard to bring Luka Jovic to Chelsea.

The Real Madrid striker has become surplus to requirements at Santiago Bernabeu. And football.london suggests that a falling out with manager Zinedine Zidane has further pushed him out to the periphery.

Despite joining the La Liga giants from Eintracht Frankfurt after a splendid 27-goal season, Jovic has failed to make things work with Real Madrid.

As a result, he has been linked to joining Chelsea and Berbatov has urged Lampard to pounce on the opportunity and sign him (h/t football.london).

Since switching sides, the Serbian striker has just scored 4 goals. Meanwhile, football.london claims that Lampard wanted to sign a striker back in January, despite Tammy Abraham’s promising displays.

Speaking to BetFair (h/t football.london), Berbatov drew instances from his own career as a footballer and explained why Jovic has all the tools needed to be a success for numerous top-flight clubs in England – including Chelsea.

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Signing Jovic would provide Lampard with two top-quality youngsters to lead the line while also easing the burden on Abraham.

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Italy boss Roberto Mancini urges struggling Chelsea star to leave Stamford Bridge

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Italy boss Roberto Mancini urges Emerson Palmieri to exit Chelsea

According to a report by The Metro, Italy boss Roberto Mancini has urged Emerson Palmieri to exit Chelsea.

The report claims that the former Manchester City manager is reconsidering his options for the national squad with the Euro 2020 tournament postponed for next summer.

With an additional year at hand to plan everything out, Mancini believes that as far as his options for full-back are concerned, Emerson would have a better chance if moves to Italy and plays there (h/t The Metro).

When quizzed about his full-back unit while speaking to Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t The Metro), Mancini said: “It would be nice if Emerson Palmieri, who hasn’t played much for Chelsea, could come and play in Italy.”

Assessing his options, Mancini added that Adam Masina has gone under the radar since moving to Watford. He also suggested that while Luca Pellegrini has spent time with the senior squad, there is room for improvement.

It is true that Emerson hasn’t featured much for Chelsea right from the time that Maurizio Sarri was at the helm. Despite a change in management, the player appears to have failed to convince Frank Lampard to hand him a starting role.

With the likes of Marcos Alonso and Cesar Azpilicueta quite ahead of him in the pecking order, it would make sense for him to leave Chelsea to solidify his chances of getting selected in the Italy squad next year.

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For the time being, all footballing action has been suspended until the end of April due to the coronavirus pandemic and it remains to be seen how the situation fares from there.

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