Chelsea’s striker transfer hunt: the state of play, Dries Mertens call, Olivier Giroud in flux

It was December 10, almost a month before the window opened, when Frank Lampard first set out his transfer priorities.

Chelsea had just narrowly beaten Lille to reach the Champions League knockout stages and the head coach was frustrated by his team’s inability to be more clinical in front of goal.

Lampard spelled out that he wanted attacking reinforcements with neither Michy Batshuayi nor Olivier Giroud providing enough quality back-up to assist Tammy Abraham and his wide players also not finding the net enough.

At the same time Lampard conceded that it could be a difficult time to sign the star quality desired.

“I’m calm about this window,” the head coach said. “We don’t see so much great business in January. If it’s there to be done it’s right for the club and that’s a conversation for me and upstairs. I don’t think we’ll go crazy just because the ban has been lifted.”

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And so it has proven. With the deadline looming at 11pm tomorrow night, Chelsea have not done any business and none of a range of attacking targets have been brought to Stamford Bridge.

On one hand Chelsea have stuck to their commitment of only bringing in players that could immediately and clearly improve the squad but it will still be bitterly disappointing for supporters if they end the month with no fresh faces in a squad that is still battling on three different fronts.

The list of targets was impressive but for a number of reasons moves have just not been possible.

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