Chelsea are preparing for defeat in their pursuit of a new striker this transfer window after blocking Olivier Giroud’s departure.
The Blues were initially banned from signing players this month as per a FIFA punishment.
But a successful appeal was made with the club looking to bolster the squad armed with the money they would have spent in the summer.
However, it simply has not happened at Stamford Bridge – despite Frank Lampard’s protests – with transfer targets begrudgingly having a line drawn through them.
Initially, a centre-back, a left-back, a wide forward and a striker were eyed.
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This was narrowed down to just a striker, especially after Tammy Abraham’s injury vs Arsenal.
And with Giroud keen on leaving for first-team football, that demand was only amplified even further.
The Frenchman has been linked with a move to Inter Milan and Tottenham but he has agreed terms with Lazio as well.
Olivier Giroud had been linked with a move away from Chelsea
However, Starsport understands that Chelsea will block his exit this month as a search for a new forward now looks unlikely.
The Blues had several targets in mind including Edinson Cavani of Paris St-Germain but his wages are proving to be a stumbling block while the French club are being stubborn over an agreement.
The Uruguay international is on £320,000-a-week and does not want to take a pay cut while PSG were refusing to even answer calls from Atletico Madrid, prompting their decision to pull out.
Luka Jovic has been touted as a potential target but there has been no interest from Chelsea over a deal.
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