Olivier Giroud set for January departure from Chelsea with club willing to accept offers for the striker
- Chelsea are willing to let veteran striker Olivier Giroud leave the club in January
- Frenchman has fallen behind Tammy Abraham and Michy Batshuayi for No 9 role
- Giroud is keen for more first-team football ahead of Euro 2020 next summer
Chelsea will listen to offers for Olivier Giroud in January, leaving Michy Batshuayi as the club’s only like-for-like cover for Tammy Abraham if their transfer ban is not lifted.
Head coach Frank Lampard also believes he can use Christian Pulisic as a false nine – with the American more of a mobile option than World Cup winner Giroud in his system.
On Saturday Giroud, whose contract expires at the end of the season, made his first start for the club since August 18 but struggled to have an impact against West Ham.
Olivier Giroud could be set to leave Chelsea during January in a bid for more first-team action
He touched the ball 21 times – three inside the opposition box. After substituting Giroud, Lampard moved Pulisic from the wing to the centre as they chased a late leveller.
Giroud is understood to be open to leaving, too, given the 33-year-old Frenchman needs game time ahead of the summer’s European Championship. Italy’s Serie A is a potential destination.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport are currently reviewing Chelsea’s two-window transfer ban.
If overturned, with a decision expected before January, Lampard will look to bolster his squad. That could include bringing in a new back-up striker to Abraham.
Chelsea signed Giroud for around £18million in January 2018. He signed an 18-month deal and has scored five goals in 45 Premier League games.
He was, however, instrumental in Chelsea’s Europa League triumph last season, scoring 11 goals in the competition. He also netted the opener in the final against Arsenal.
The Frenchman played a key part in helping Chelsea win the Europa League last season
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