Frank Lampard has provided an update on Olivier Giroud’s situation at the club and has suggested the striker could leave Chelsea this month provided the Blues can find a replacement.
Giroud, 33, has barely featured for the club since Lampard took over in the summer, and he was an unused substitute on Sunday when they beat Nottingham Forest 2-0 in the FA Cup third round.
Lampard said at his post-match press conference that a January transfer “could happen” if all the criteria are met, one of which appears to be lining up a successor:
"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. But only when all of those bases are covered. So we'll see if we're there."
Giroud moved to Stamford Bridge from Arsenal in January 2018, and has since gone on to win an FA Cup and the UEFA Europa League, not to mention triumphing at the 2018 World Cup with France.
The veteran has fallen down the list of priorities since Lampard arrived, however, and he’s made just two starts in all competitions. England frontman Tammy Abraham has locked down the starting spot up front, while Michy Batshuayi has been his preferred deputy.
Lyon’s Moussa Dembele and Timo Werner of RB Leipzig have been reported as two of Chelsea’s leading striker targets, though a deal for either player looks unlikely in January.
Chelsea are free to recruit new players after having their transfer ban halved in December. The west Londoners were previously suspended from registering new players during the summer transfer window due to a breach of laws regarding the signing of under-age players.