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Giroud 'set for January exit from Chelsea' with club willing to accept offers

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Chelsea will listen to offers for Olivier Giroud in January, leaving Michy Batshuayi as the club's only like-for-like cover for Tammy Abraham if their transfer ban is not lifted, according to DailyMail.

Head coach Frank Lampard also believes he can use Christian Pulisic as a false nine - with the American more of a mobile option than World Cup winner Giroud in his system.

Giroud is understood to be open to leaving, too, given the 33-year-old Frenchman needs game time ahead of the summer's European Championship. Italy's Serie A is a potential destination.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport are currently reviewing Chelsea's two-window transfer ban.

If overturned, with a decision expected before January, Lampard will look to bolster his squad. That could include bringing in a new back-up striker to Abraham.

Chelsea signed Giroud for around £18million in January 2018. He signed an 18-month deal and has scored five goals in 45 Premier League games.

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