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Italian giants in the race to sign dependable Chelsea veteran

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AC Milan are in the race for Chelsea veteran Olivier Giroud

According to Sky Sports, AC Milan have thrown their hat in the ring for Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud.

The Rossoneri are currently top of the Serie A and are chasing their first Scudetto since 2010/11. The Italians are keen on signing a replacement for ageing striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic. (h/t Football.london)

Although they had considered Giroud as a potential signing earlier, he was considered to be too old to replace the Swedish ace. It would now appear that there is still some semblance of interest in the French maverick.

Inter Miilan are interested in Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud
Olivier Giroud is a dependable player for Chelsea

Giroud started the season behind the likes of Timo Werner and Tammy Abraham in the Chelsea pecking order. In fact, he started just one of the club’s opening 16 games.

It is a testament to his ability that despite the lack of opportunities, he is today the club’s top scorer for the season. With nine goals in 15 appearances, Giroud averages more than a goal per 90 minutes played. (h/t BBC)

The France striker is out of contract in the summer. However, he has been given assurances that he will play regularly if he stays at Stamford Bridge. Given how he has taken his opportunities so far, it is well earned.

AC Milan have thrown their name in the ring for Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud.
AC Milan and Juventus are keen on Olivier Giroud

Speaking to Dauphine via Sport Witness (h/t Football.london), Giroud has revealed he could stay on at Chelsea beyond this season. Whether such a decision will be made or not remains to be seen.

Milan is not the only Serie A side keen on the 34-year-old’s services. Defending champions Juventus are also keen on securing Giroud. The Old Lady is also keeping tabs on Napoli’s Arkadiusz Milik and Fernando Llorente.

Giroud was signed from Arsenal in 2018

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Giroud is today an experienced and dependable senior member of the Chelsea squad. Signed from Arsenal in 2018, he has come up trumps when needed, scoring a number of important goals for the club.

Giroud scored 18 goals in 34 appearances for Chelsea in 2020, more than any other player in Blue during the same time period.

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Key Chelsea decision-makers differ in their take on Lampard’s future

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Frank Lampard was in charge of Derby County before returning to Chelsea

Roman Abramovich and Marina Granovskaia differ over their decision regarding Chelsea manager Frank Lampard

According to ESPN, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and club chief Marina Granovskaia are at odds regarding what to do with Frank Lampard.

A run of just two wins from eight Premier League games has cast the spotlight on Lampard’s future in the Blues hot seat. Unless results pick up, he runs the risk of being yet another managerial fatality at Stamford Bridge.

Lampard did well to lead the club to a fourth-place finish last season, given the constraints he had to work under. However, he was adequately backed last summer and patience is now running thin at the Bridge.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and club chief Marina Granovskaia are at odds regarding what to do with Frank Lampard.
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich (L) and club chief Marina Granovskaia (R) are at odds regarding what to do with Frank Lampard.

Both Abramovich and Granovskia are torn over whether to hire an interim replacement now or wait until the end of the campaign to make their move.

Interim replacements under consideration include former boss Avram Grant and Ukraine manager, Andriy Shevchenko. Chelsea, however, appeared to be paralyzed by a lack of decision-making.

Known for being impatient, Abramovich has sacked 13 managers since taking over the club in 2003. As if things were not bleak enough for Lampard, Blues stars appear to be questioning his tactics.

Frank Lampard under pressure after Leicester defeat (GETTY Images)
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard under pressure after Leicester defeat (GETTY Images)

A number of players are unsure of Lampard’s tactics and the criteria used to select his best XI. The boss, for his part, snapped back at journalists in his presser on Friday.

For now, it would appear Lampard’s status at the club has brought him some time to set things right. But knowing the Blues hierarchy, he would be foolish to assume it will be a long leash.

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It was reported earlier that Lampard had three games to save his Chelsea job. The Blues boss successfully cleared the first hurdle earlier today.

A Tammy Abraham hat-trick ensured the Blues defeated Luton Town 3-0 to progress to the FA Cup fifth round. Next up is a Premier League clash against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Wednesday.

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Transfer News: Chelsea to battle Man United for talented La Liga star

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Chelsea and Manchester United to battle it out for Ousmane Dembele

According to Spanish publication, SPORT (h/t Express), Chelsea and Manchester United are set to battle it out for Ousmane Dembele.

The Frenchman joined Barcelona 2017 from Borussia Dortmund for a massive transfer fee of £117m. While he has shown flashes of brilliance, he has failed to put up a consistent string of performances.

The 23-year-old’s contract expires in 2022 and negotiations regarding an extension at Barcelona have hit a roadblock. Given his potential, it is fair to say that he has failed to hit the desired heights at the Nou Camp.

Chelsea and Manchester United are set to battle it out for Ousmane Dembele
Chelsea and Manchester United are set to battle it out for Ousmane Dembele

Injuries and inconsistency have marred his stay at Barcelona. However, Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman appears to have put his trust in the young Frenchman (h/t Express)

He has only made 93 appearances for the club in three and a half years. During this same time, he has missed an incredible 85 games due to injury. (h/t Transfermarkt)

Barcelona are keen to rid themselves of Dembele if he does not sign a new contract. Koeman is keen to bring Memphis Depay to the Nou Camp once the Dutchman’s contract expires this summer at Lyon. (h/t Express)

Barcelona are ready to offload Ousmane Dembele
Barcelona are ready to offload Ousmane Dembele

Dembele is clearly an exciting talent who is yet to fulfill his potential. As long as he can stay fit, he is likely to be an asset to the club.

Given that we are still to see the best of our big summer signings in Kai Havertz and Timo Werner, how far the Blues are willing to spend next summer remains to be seen.

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The upcoming summer presents the last chance for Barcelona to sell the player for a decent fee. The Frenchman will be free to discuss pre-contract arrangements from January 2022 and can be signed for a free later that summer.

However, it all depends on how well his negotiations with Barcelona go. It will be worth keeping an eye out on developments in the coming months.

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Chelsea reject loan approach for 26-year-old star from London rivals

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Chelsea reject Hammers bid for Emerson Palmieri

According to the Mirror, Chelsea have rejected a loan offer from West Ham United for Emerson Palmieri.

The Hammers are keen to bring in a left-back this month. Although they have Aaron Creswell, losing Arthur Masuaku due to injury has necessitated a dip into the market.

The Italian ace has struggled for game time at Chelsea and has been linked with a move away. As a stop-gap measure, there are few better left-backs available this window.

Chelsea have rejected a loan offer from West Ham United for Emerson Palmieri.
Emerson Palmieri is the second choice left-back at Chelsea

Despite being the club’s second-choice left-back, Frank Lampard is keen to keep Emerson at the club. While Ben Chilwell is the club’s first-choice, he cannot be expected to play every single game for the remainder of the season.

The decision to keep Emerson is further strengthened given Marcos Alonso’s fall from grace. The Spaniard and Frank Lampard had a falling out earlier in the season and the former has not featured for Chelsea since.

With the Champions League also set to return in February, Lampard will need strength in depth to negotiate a busy schedule.

Alonso has fallen out with Frank Lampard (Getty Images)
Alonso has fallen out with Frank Lampard (Getty Images)

Emerson has 18 months left on his current deal at Stamford Bridge. Signed from AS Roma in 2018, the Italian star has failed to make an impact in the Blues’ squad.

He has so far made 64 appearances for Chelsea across all competitions. During this time, he has scored one goal and assisted five. (h/t Transfermarkt)

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With games set to come thick and fast, how Lampard will rotate his squad will be key. Chilwell has shown that he is susceptible to injuries, meaning the Blues need a senior left-back ready to step in when needed.

Emerson can fulfill that role well. Keeping him could prove to be an inspired decision come to the end of the season.

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“Karius wearing a mask” – Some fans react as Chelsea star makes yet another blunder in goal

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Chelsea fans react on Twitter as Kepa Arrizabalaga makes yet another blunder against Luton Town

It would appear that Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga cannot catch a break in the Blues goal.

Making his sixth appearances of the season, the Spanish goalkeeper has once again found himself at the centre of a storm, for all the wrong reasons.

Chelsea welcomed minnows Luton Town in their FA Cup fourth round fixture at Stamford Bridge. Tammy Abraham put the Blues up 2-0 before Jordan Clark reduced the deficit at the half hour mark.

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The Luton ace’s strike was straight at Kepa but somehow managed to squeeze in between the goalkeeper’s hands. While errors happen, Kepa has been making them on a consistent basis.

The 26-year-old has a save percentage of 58.8 percent since the beginning of last season. It is the worst among all Premier League goalkeepers with 20 plus appearances.

Chelsea star Kepa Arrizabalaga made yet another howler, this time against Luton Town
Chelsea star Kepa Arrizabalaga made yet another howler, this time against Luton Town

A lot was expected of Kepa after Chelsea paid a club-record fee to purchase him in 2018. While he has had his moments, the transfer has to be considered a massive flop.

Kepa is by no means a bad keeper. But it would appear his time at Chelsea has run its course. A move away would be the best bet for both him and Chelsea going forward.

The Spaniard tp his credit did redeem himself with an excellent save from Harry Cornick in the second half. Thankfully Kepa’s mistake did not come to haunt us as Tammy Abraham finished off Luton with his third on the night in the 74th minute.

Twitter reacts as Kepa makes yet another Chelsea blunder

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Chelsea beat Luton Town 3-1, with Abraham completing his hat-trick in the second half. We will now be facing Barnsley in the fifth round.

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