As reported by Le 10 Sport, Ligue 1 outfit Marseille are eyeing up a move for Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud – but the Blues must not be tempted into any deal, especially following Michy Batshuayi’s loan move to Valencia.

The time for English teams to do business is up. However, clubs are still at risk of losing players; with the transfer window open for foreign clubs to do deals up until August 31.

Bring Giroud Back

PARIS, FRANCE – JULY 16: Florian Thauvin, Olivier Giroud, Antoine Griezmann, and Ousmane Dembele, professional football players, attend the France’s World Cup Winning Team Parade Down The Champs Elysee, on July 16, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Edward Berthelot/Getty Images)

Marseille supposedly wants to bring World Cup winner Giroud back to his homeland this summer; although apparently, he isn’t their top target.

But Chelsea does need to brace themselves in case the French side come calling; rejecting any offer they may lodge. They cannot afford to lose him as well as Batshuayi.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 28: Michy Batshuayi of Chelsea is challenged by Jamaal Lascelles of Newcastle United during The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Chelsea and Newcastle on January 28, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

It was a bit of a surprise to see the Belgian loaned out again, especially after his successful stint with Borussia Dortmund last term. But to lose him and Giroud would be disastrous.

Step Up Their Game

Concerningly, Alvaro Morata isn’t yet showing signs of improvement, and Tammy Abraham is still very young and without much experience playing for a top-six side.

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 07: Willian of Chelsea and Olivier Giroud of Chelsea shake hands when substituting during the pre-season friendly match between Chelsea and Lyon at Stamford Bridge on August 7, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

The Blues cannot entertain any interest from Marseille for Girou. He certainly brings something different to the table in that he is a fine target man; one with a very respectable goals record and an eye for the spectacular.

He may not be everyone’s cup of tea but, given the current situation, Maurizio Sarri would be a fool to let him leave, even if he wanted to use Eden Hazard centrally.

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