Report: Chelsea may listen to offers for Olivier Giroud and Pedro in January
Chelsea may reportedly listen to offers in January for senior duo Olivier Giroud and Pedro.
According to the Telegraph, the Blues may be open to bids for the attacking duo in the next window and they will both be able to speak to foreign clubs in January over a summer free transfer considering they are nearing the end of their contracts.
Both will soon enter the final six months of their deals at Stamford Bridge and were omitted from the squad that drew 4-4 with Ajax on Tuesday night in the Champions League group stages.
The report explains that Chelsea could be open to allowing Giroud’s exit in the new year, with interest from English duo Crystal Palace and West Ham already.
Meanwhile, Pedro could be more willing to stay for the rest of the season despite being on the fringes.
It’s understood that the club’s injury situation and result of their appeal against a transfer ban may also impact the January decision over the duo.
Giroud is a talented World Cup winner that has been a decent player for the Blues since he joined from Arsenal in 2018, but he’s slowly being phased out.
The 33-year-old centre-forward clearly doesn’t have a long-term future in Frank Lampard’s squad and losing him in January wouldn’t be a disaster, especially if they make some cash.
Tammy Abraham and Michy Batshuayi are currently fighting it out for the main striker role, meaning Giroud has played just six times across all competition this season.
Pedro has only managed eight first-team games this season across all competitions and he’s very far down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge.
The 32-year-old Spaniard isn’t going to force his way back in ahead of the likes of Willian, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Christian Pulisic.