Frank Lampard is yet to use put to good use Chelsea’s opportunity to sign this winter. With the blues manager particularly keen on adding another goal scorer.
According to reports, Chelsea are in talks with two strikers in Lyon’s Moussa Dembele and PSG’s Edison Cavani. The reports state the Premier League side are in the final phase of a £34m/$44m deal to sign Dembele. While they do battle with Atletico Madrid over veteran striker Edison Cavani.
However, according to the manager. There have been no such discussions, and apparently, he hasn’t spoken to either player. He, however, didn’t completely rubbish the fact there could be a deal in workings and says he’ll reveal no further until someone [not particularly Dembele or Cavani] is signed to the club.
“The stories are not true,” Lampard said of Dembele before discussing whether Chelsea can convince Cavani to reject Atleti. “I’m not in conversation with Cavani so I can’t tell you that.
“Until anyone’s here or not here and signed somewhere else that’s the only time for me to comment on those situations about whether they’re persuadable or not.”
With Tammy Abraham a major doubt after an ankle injury, Lampard confirmed striker Michy Batshuayi will get a chance to stake his claims at a starting position, with experienced striker Olivier Giroud reportedly in talks with the club over a potential move.
“He starts tomorrow. Yes, this is a chance for him,” Lampard said. “Part of that has been … We have seen his breakthrough and the consistency of [Abraham’s] game, but yes, this is a chance for him and clearly, he certainly has got to take that chance in terms of his all-round game and goals and his overall performance.
“There have been times this season where he has come on and he has made a difference, and that needs to be consistent.”
One topic of discussion for Chelsea and Lampard has however been whether or not the manager would trust current goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga to carry on, with the No 1 low on confidence and form at the moment.
Chelsea have been linked with signing a new goalkeeper this winter, a rumor Frank Lampard has now put to rest. Despite Kepa’s save percentage is the second-lowest in the Premier League and the eighth-lowest across the big five European leagues.
He said: “That’s where the goalkeeper, I suppose, is a specific position, where it’s quite well known there’s a number one and a number two. But my choice is to make that choice after the game considering the next game.”
There are now just a few days left in the winter transfer, and Lampard is yet hopeful to add a new name to his squad before it’s over. The blues however currently seat pretty in fourth place, a safe distance away from Manchester United who are at the moment in crisis mode and have their problems to solve in the winter window.