The specific report from the Daily Mail said that Chelsea manager Frank Lampard will let Giroud leave the club in January whether the transfer ban slammed on the Blues by world football’s governing body FIFA is overturned or not.
Chelsea are in the middle of a two-window transfer ban after they were found guilty of violating rules relating to the signing of underage players by FIFA.
The West London giants have maintained that they didn’t do anything illegal and have therefore taken their case to the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) with the hope that the ban will be overturned before the transfer market reopens next month.
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Chelsea have already served one transfer window ban in the summer and they could serve the second and final window ban by next month if their appeal to CAS is unsuccessful.
The outcome of their appeal won’t affect the situation of Olivier Giroud who’s keen to get more playing time elsewhere if Chelsea is unable to grant the 33-year-old striker what he wants.
Giroud wants to retain his place in starting XI for France ahead of the 2020 European Championships.