Chelsea’s transfer ban will be lifted in the January transfer window. It means the Blues will be eligible to buy/sell players again. It is good news for Frank Lampard who would like to sign a striker as a back up for Tammy Abraham.
According to reports, Crystal Palace have shown interest in Olivier Giroud who has not made many appearances this season.
Zaha has been hot in the market for a while and saw transfer talks fall with Arsenal during the summer. Manchester United also tried hard to get his services but failed. Now, with a January budget of £150million, Lampard would want to get Zaha into the faction.
According to the Metro UK, Palace have demanded £80m for Zaha and Chelsea know the Londoners are unlikely to negotiate on their asking price.
However, the Guardian claims Palace have shown interest to sign Giroud in January. The Frenchman has fallen out of favour under Lampard and will be eager to leave Stamford Bridge. Giroud has been a back-up for Tammy Abraham and has started just two Premier League games this season.
The World Cup winner has his eyes on the upcoming European Champions and is concerned about losing his place in the France squad. Zaha’s Premier League experience and eligibility to play the Champions League is a win-win situation for Chelsea. Zaha to date is the most influential player to Palace and has been rock-steady with his performance.
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With Zaha’s contract expiring in 2023, Chelsea will be keen to sign the 27-year-old. Lampard confirmed that with Eden Hazard gone, Chelsea were looking to strengthen their attack. “I think it will be a bit fluid and discussions will be ongoing from now about where we can strengthen,’ he said.
‘Of course, with Eden [Hazard] leaving we lost a lot of goals and creation in that particular position. ‘Today we’ve missed some chances and we can look at strengthening and pushing and getting more competition in those areas.’
Chelsea currently are at fourth position with 29 points in 16 games. They lost to Everton 3-1 in their last match.