Chelsea will be looking to extend their unbeaten run in all competitions to 10 matches when they lock horns with French outfit Rennes in the Champions League on Tuesday evening.
The Blues, who have taken seven points from their first three group matches in the Champions League this term, secured a fourth straight win on Saturday with a 2-0 away triumph over Newcastle United at St James’ Park.
That victory took the Blues to the top of the Premier League, albeit only for a few hours before being replaced by cross-city rivals Tottenham Hotspur, confirming that Frank Lampard’s side have grand ambitions of competing for the title this season.
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Should Chelsea continue this excellent run of recent form and find themselves amongst the genuine contenders for the title come January, the Blues’ hierarchy may hand Lampard the opportunity to bolster his squad even further for the remainder of the season by adding some new faces to his squad in the next transfer window.
With that in mind, here is a round-up of all the very latest Chelsea transfer rumours and gossip.
Blues open to Giroud exit
Chelsea will be willing to let French international Olivier Giroud leave the club in January, according to a report by The Athletic.
The former Arsenal man has fallen down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge following the summer addition of Timo Werner, meaning Giroud’s game time has become more and more limited.
Following the news that France boss Didier Deschamps told Giroud to leave Stamford Bridge in an attempt to hold onto his place in the national squad for next summer’s European Championships, the Blues are now prepared to let him go ahead of his contract expiring next summer.
It is claimed that Chelsea are going to offer Giroud that option for opting to stay in west London a year longer…