The transfer window is only 15 hours old and Frank Lampard has already made it clear that he will not be willing to discuss individual targets.
Speaking after Chelsea let a lead slip to draw 1-1 away to Brighton & Hove Albion, the head coach was asked about speculation regarding a move for Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha and the potential of striker Olivier Giroud being sent to Selhurst Park as part of a deal.
However, Lampard would not engage in such speculation. “I wouldn’t talk about Zaha and the idea of that deal is something I have never even considered,” he said.
Pushed again on whether the Ivory Coast international, who Palace may be willing to sell for the right price, is a player he admired Lampard reiterated that he will not discuss any transfer business in public – although he did not categorically rule out a move for Zaha either.
“As I say I won’t talk about Zaha because he is not a player of ours,” Lampard added. “If we have to do business we will do it in the way we see fit to try and make us better and that’s behind closed doors as opposed to just announcing who we might want to bring in.”
As for the game, in which Albion equalised through a stunning overhead kick from substitute Alireza Jahanbahksh after Cesar Azpilicueta had put Chelsea in front, Lampard rued a lack of clinical finishing in the opening half.
“It was an incredible equaliser, that’s for sure, but I think we deserved it because it is two points dropped,” he added. “Because in the first half, if we are ruthless the game is out of sight. Not to say we had multiple chances but we had control.
“We had opportunities to play people in who could score and make decisions around the box to score, to keep switching the ball, to keep doing what we did in the first 20 minutes and we came off that slightly.”