Frank Lampard is ready to sell Olivier Giroud and Pedro in the January transfer window as he looks to improve his Chelsea squad, according to reports.
Neither player were part of Lampard’s squad for the Champions League Group H draw against Ajax on Tuesday night, and both have struggled for game time under Lampard.
Giroud and Pedro only have just six months remaining on their contracts and they are permitted to speak to foreign clubs in January over free-transfer moves in the summer.
The Daily Telegraph report says final decisions on whether or not Giroud and Pedro will be allowed to leave in January will be influenced by Chelsea’s injury situation and the result of their appeal against their transfer ban, which is being heard on November 20.
The club though are believed to be confident the Court of Arbitration for Sport will vote in their favour and Lampard has already signalled his intention to strengthen his squad.
“I actually don’t know enough detail. It is a legal matter and I don’t know enough of the legals to even delve. But of course I’m interested because it’s going to affect what we can do in January or not,” said Lampard ahead of the 4-4 draw with Ajax.
Another Chelsea player who is fighting for his future is Marcos Alonso. Alonso was replaced at half-time by impressive teenager Reece James after struggling against Ajax.
James, 19, is now pushing for his first Premier League start after scoring on Tuesday night and his emergence along with Cesar Azpilicueta’s performance on the left may spell the end of the road for Alonso.
“Reece is a fantastic young player and he gives what you saw. I think he’ll get much better because he is 19 and that’s just normal,” said Lampard. “Reece can deliver crosses with great quality. He is powerful and joins in.
“He knows we have got Azpi there who is our captain and right back, but he knows we can change things. If Reece does that, and he can do it, he is going to be a great player for this club.”
The return to fitness of Emerson Palmeiri, who started ahead of the 28-year-old Alonso against Watford, also means that Alonso’s game time could be at a premium.
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Alonso is under contract until 2023 but with just five starts in the Premier League this season, the Spaniard they signed from Fiorentina in August 2016 may well be on his way.