Depending on injuries and the outcome of their appeal to CAS (the Court of Arbitration for Sport) over their FIFA imposed transfer ban, Chelsea could be ready to sell players like Olivier Giroud and Pedro in the forthcoming transfer window.
Both players have found themselves marginalised at Stamford Bridge this season as Frank Lampard has chosen to give youth their chance at the club, and with the two men out of contract with the club next summer, they are free to begin discussions with foreign clubs in January.
Giroud, in particular, is likely to attract offers, with Ligue 1 sides Marseille and Lyon both having been linked with him in the past. He wants to leave Chelsea because, having started only one competitive fixture for them all season, he fears for his international place with France, and his chances of playing in next year’s European Championships, if he is not playing regular first-team football.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.