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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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11-game Chelsea man attracts transfer interest from Japanese outfit

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Vissel Kobe are keen on signing Chelsea winger Pedro

Spanish World Cup winner Pedro’s time at Chelsea looks to be coming to a close. The winger has made just 11 appearances for the Blues this season, with a majority of them coming in cup competitions.

According to Spanish publication Sport (h/t Football London), Pedro has emerged as a target for Vissel Kobe.

Kobe currently play in the Japanese J1 League finishing eighth in the League in 2019. They also won the Emperor’s Cup the same season.

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Pedro’s contract at Chelsea expires in the summer

By moving to Japan, Pedro would get a chance to reunite with Spanish legend Andreas Iniesta.

Both the players enjoyed highly successful spells with Barcelona and Spain, with the latter winning two European Championships and a World Cup as La Furia Roja dominated international football.

Since joining Chelsea in 2015, Pedro has made 195 appearances for the London club and has scored 42 goals. He played a key role in Chelsea’s Premier League victory in 2017 and the UEFA Europa League in 2019.

The Spaniard has found himself on the fringes at Chelsea this season, owing to Frank Lampard’s youth revolution.

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With his contract expiring in the summer, the winger’s future looks uncertain.

The player also has offers from China and Spain (Sport h/t Football London) and it will be interesting to see how this plays out.

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Chelsea offered a chance to sign struggling Serie A star for £25m

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Chelsea offered AC Milan striker Krzysztof Piatek for £25million

Chelsea have been offered the chance to sign Polish international Krzysztof Piatek in the January transfer window, according to Gazzetta Dello Sport (h/t Daily Mail). The Italian side are demanding £25m.

The Blues have been heavily reliant on Tammy Abraham up front and are looking to bolster their attack before the window shuts next week. Abraham limped off against Arsenal midweek and there is no confirmation as to how long he will be out for. (Gazzetta Dello Sport h/t Daily Mail)

With Oliver Giroud looking to leave, Lampard will be reliant on Michy Batshuayi going into an important run of games.

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Krzysztof Piatek looks to be on his way out of Serie A

Abraham’s goal tally of 15 accounts for about a quarter of Chelsea’s goals this season, with Michy Batshuayi a distant second at 6. The over-reliance on Abraham is problematic.

Piatek will give Lampard a reliable option to choose from helping him lessen the loan on Abraham.

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Piatek has failed to replicate his form from the previous season and has struggled for goals this time out. The 24-year-old has played 19 times for the Italian giants this season and has scored five goals.

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Chelsea star emerges on transfer radar of Bundesliga outfit

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RC Leipzig interested in Andreas Christensen

According to German publication Bild (h/t Express), Bundesliga leaders RB Leipzig are interested in signing Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen.

The Dane has been in and out of the starting line-up and has notched up 14 appearances this season.

The 23-year-old has been competing with the likes of Kurt Zouma and Antonio Rudiger for a place in the squad. However, he did start Chelsea’s last four games.

Leipzig are looking to sign him on loan for the rest of the season (Bild (h/t Express).

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Andreas Christensen is the subject of interest from RB Leipzig

Christensen spent two impressive years on loan with Bundesliga side Borussia Monchengladbach. His performances earned him the Gladbach Player of the Year award in 2015-16.

An ever-present in the Die Fohlen backline, Christensen made 62 Bundesliga appearances then, chipping in with five goals and six assists. (h/t Whoscored)

He returned to Chelsea in 2017 and went on to make 33 appearances for the Blues that season. The defender, however, saw that tally drop to 25 in 2018-19 and has so far made just 13 this season.

The emergence of Fikayo Tomori has also limited the Danish international’s opportunities, with the youngster making 20 appearances so far.

In fact, Christensen is being viewed as a replacement Dayot Upamecano, who has been linked with moves to Arsenal, Barcelona and Bayern Munich. (h/t Express)

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Leipzig are currently atop the Bundesliga and hold a four-point lead over defending champions Bayern Munich.

Christensen has made 31 appearances for the Danish national team and was the winner of the Danish Talent of the Year award in 2015.

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Chelsea keen on signing Ligue 1 star who will be out of contract this summer

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Frank Lampard hints at move for PSG’s Edinson Cavani

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has hinted at interest in Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani. (h/t BBC)

Cavani is out of contract in the summer and has already informed the French superclub that he is keen on leaving in the January transfer window. (h/t Express)

Lampard was full of praise for the Uruguayan star and praised his mentality and panache for scoring goals. He was, however, coy when talking about making a move for the striker.

“I’m not absolutely aware of what the situation is, so we’ll see.”

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Cavani has been a revelation since his move to PSG in 2013. The striker has played 298 times for the Parisians and has scored 198 games. (h/t Whoscored)

A mentor to Abraham?

Chelsea have been extremely dependent on Tammy Abraham for goals this season. The youngster has scored 15 goals this season, more than double of Christian Pulisic in second with 6 goals.

With Michy Batshuayi and Oliver Giroud out of favour and the latter seemingly on his way out, Chelsea lacks a senior striker who can guide and share the workload with Abraham.

At 32, Cavani is entering the final years of his career and the last hurrah at Chelsea should be appealing. He can leave his legacy in more ways than one by mentoring Abraham into the potential world-class striker he can become.

Cavani has won 21 trophies at both club and international levels in his illustrious career. Being mentored by a player of such stature can instil a winning mentality into the Chelsea youth.

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Atletico Madrid are in the pole position to sign the striker. Chelsea would do well to beat the Spaniards to the Uruguayan as they strive to add some much-needed experience to a youthful side.

Cavani is Uruguay’s second-highest goalscorer with 50 goals in 116 appearances (h/t Express).

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