According to rumors, Olivier Giroud could leave Chelsea in the summer transfer window despite having signed a new contract at Stamford Bridge.
The Frenchman was due to become a free agent in June but, having proved his worthy deputy for the injured Tammy Abraham, he has recently put pen to paper on a 12-month extension.
The World Cup winner, however, attracted much attention from all over Europe before Chelsea finally decided to sign him up for another year.
And The Athletic suggests that if Frank Lampard continues to invest heavily in attacking reinforcements the Blues might still sell Giroud.
The 33-year-old is currently in the pecking order behind Abraham but twice scored in his last three Premier League starts covering up for the injured England international.
The commitment convinced Chelsea to give Giroud on his current deal another year, giving the club added stability as they prepared to complete the remainder of the season – which was postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Giroud’s deal is thought to mark the end of the Stamford Bridge career for Michy Batshuayi, with the Belgian set to be shipped out this summer if a buyer can be identified.
But Lampard is still on the lookout for a signing of a high-profile striker and among others, Chelsea has been linked with Moussa Dembele, Timo Werner, Victor Osimhen and Josh King.
The Blues are also targeting midfielders attacking in the form of Jadon Sancho, Philippe Coutinho, and Kai Havertz to invest a lot of cash.
The Athletic refuses to rule out Giroud ‘s chance of even leaving if Chelsea bolsters their forward ranks in the window ahead.
Lazio was thought to be keen on winning the World Cup while at Inter Milan, former Blues manager Antonio Conte had tried to sign Giroud.
In January, terms were also negotiated before Chelsea pulled the plug on the deal, having failed to sign a substitute.
And the Nerazzurri had been expected to give Giroud a £70,000-a-week three-year pay deal before renewing his contract with the Blues.