Chelsea ‘open to selling Olivier Giroud and Pedro in January’ with Frank Lampard prepared to lose experienced duo after emergence of young stars
- Chelsea are prepared to listen to offers for three first-team players in January
- Olivier Giroud, Pedro and Marcos Alonso could all be up for grabs this winter
- Frank Lampard’s youngsters are thriving and experienced stars are playing less
Chelsea are prepared to listen to offers for three first-team players in January as Frank Lampard looks to shake up his squad at Stamford Bridge.
According to The Telegraph, Olivier Giroud, Pedro and Marcos Alonso could all be up for grabs if the Blues receive worthwhile bids for the experienced trio.
Giroud and Pedro’s contracts both expire next summer and will be allowed to begin negotiations with foreign clubs in January.
Chelsea are prepared to listen to offers for out-of-favour striker Olivier Giroud in January
Pedro could also be available this winter after falling down the pecking order at Chelsea
But, following the emergence of Tammy Abraham as a first-choice striker, it is claimed Chelsea will be willing to offload the Frenchman in January so they can recoup some money for him, rather than letting him leave on a free.
Giroud has fallen down the pecking order since Lampard arrived in the summer. He has started just one competitive match this season and wants regular football to give himself a chance of playing for France at Euro 2020.
It is claimed a move back to homeland could be on the cards for Giroud while the likes of West Ham and Crystal Palace would be willing to keep him in England.
Pedro has also seen himself become less important within the first-team squad at Stamford Bridge.
Lampard’s preference to play younger players, as well as the summer arrival of Christian Pulisic, has meant the Spaniard is no longer a regular starter.
The departures of both players will be dependent on Chelsea’ injury status when the January window opens and the outcome of their appeal on the club’s FIFA-imposed transfer ban.
Frank Lampard’s preference to play younger players has seen experienced stars miss out
Firmly in the race for a top-four finish, Lampard will not want to weaken his squad by losing several senior players if they cannot be replaced.
Alonso has also been in and out of the Chelsea team and it may be time for him to call time on his Blues career sooner rather than later.
Chelsea are said to be interested in Leicester’s Ben Chilwell next summer and that would leave Alonso seemingly ready to go.
Reece James replaced Alonso in midweek against Ajax with Cesar Azpilicueta going out to the left, a change that helped Chelsea snatch a point in the thrilling Champions League group game.