Chelsea transfer round-up as Blues given Giroud boost and make left-back verdict

The January transfer window, at least when it comes to the Premier League, has often revolved around Olivier Giroud’s future in recent seasons.

The striker ended a lengthy spell with Arsenal to join London rivals Chelsea in the 2018 January window, while last year he came very close to joining Inter Milan.

Giroud has scarcely been out of the headlines in 2021, either, with Ligue 1 and Serie A clubs continuing to court the 34-year-old.

But there is a positive update for Chelsea as they aim to keep hold of their joint-top scorer for at least the remainder of the season.

Elsewhere, Frank Lampard has concocted a plan for two of his left-backs, while he left the door open for a midfielder to return to the first-team following his loan spell.

Here is Sunday’s Chelsea transfer round-up.

Giroud boost

The veteran striker is Chelsea's joint-top scorer this season
The veteran striker is Chelsea’s joint-top scorer this season

Chelsea have received a major boost as they bid to keep Olivier Giroud in west London for at least the remainder of the season.

Giroud, 34, has six months left on his deal at Stamford Bridge and is believed to have held talks with Juventus over a potential transfer.

Juve boss Andrea Pirlo has made no secret of his admiration for the Frenchman, but The Sun claims Giroud is unhappy about only being offered a six-month deal by the Serie A champions.

Giroud’s tally of nine goals makes him Chelsea’s joint top-scorer this season, and he remains linked with a number of other clubs in Serie A and Ligue 1.

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Lampard concocts left-back plan

Lampard is keen to keep hold of Emerson, for now
Lampard is keen to keep hold of Emerson, for now

Frank Lampard is keen to keep Emerson Palmieri at Chelsea unless there is a significant offer on the table for the defender, reports The Athletic .

Emerson, 26, has seen limited action at left-back this season due to the £50million arrival of Ben Chilwell last summer.

But Lampard is keen to maintain his squad depth as the Blues aim to break into the Champions League spots in the second half of the season.

Emerson has 18 months left on his deal at Stamford Bridge and could move to Serie A in the summer.

Meanwhile, Marcos Alonso has seen even less game time than Emerson and has been told he can leave. There have been a number of loan enquiries for the Spaniard.

Would you prefer Emerson Palmieri or Marcos Alonso to stay at Chelsea? Have your say in the comments.

Lampard praises Loftus-Cheek

Loftus-Cheek joined the Cottagers on a season-long loan in October
Loftus-Cheek joined the Cottagers on a season-long loan in October

Frank Lampard has opened the door to Ruben Loftus-Cheek returning to Chelsea’s first-team set-up next season.

The midfielder is midway through a season-long loan at Fulham and has scored one goal in 13 Premier League games this campaign.

“Seeing him play recently, I see him looking fit, fresh and strong. We know he’s an obvious talent so it’s great,” said the Blues boss.

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“If he can keep that up hopefully through the season, and if he can get back to where he was and more, then I’ll be very happy and he’ll come back as our player, for sure.

“I thought he played well and I was really pleased to see that because when Ruben was getting fit and was with us, I felt like we missed him last year.

“And when Ruben was getting fit, I was excited because I know the attributes he has and I wanted those attributes at the club.”

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