Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has reportedly agreed a deal with Italian Serie A champions Juventus as he considers his future at Chelsea.
The agreement between Giroud and Juventus was confirmed by Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio.
The 33-year-old is seen as an alternative to Luis Suarez at Juventus. The Italians want to sign a new striker this summer after the contract of Argentine attacker Gonzalo Higuain was mutually terminated.
Luis Suarez is the top target for Juventus and they have Olivier Giroud as the alternative for the Uruguayan international.
Olivier Giroud is considering his future at Chelsea after the Blues splashed the cash on Timo Werner from German side RB Leipzig.
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Timo Werner set Chelsea back to the tune of £53m this summer. The Blues also have Tammy Abraham and another new attacker Kai Havertz who could play as a midfielder or as a striker.
Giroud could potentially start the season as the fourth choice striker behind Timo Werner, Kai Havertz and Tammy Abraham. The Frenchman wants to play regularly to stay in the French national team ahead of the 2020 European Championship next summer.
He signed for the Blues in January 2018 from London rivals Arsenal and the player has a year to run on his Chelsea contract.
EPL: Frank Lampard left confused over selection of attacking role
Now that Chelsea seem to have returned to form with a 4-0 win in their Champions League game, attention will be given to the team as they resume the Premier League action against Burnley on Saturday afternoon.
The reason is that the West London outfit have not been impressive in the Premier League and will look to make amends by delivering a win despite playing away from home against a wounded Burnley team that is yet to win any game this season.
The Blues team have just won two games from their last six Premier League fixtures and that must improve if they must achieve their aim of winning a title and finishing in any of the top four positions this season.
However, the Blues boss Frank Lampard has confessed to being confused about his attacking selections as he battles to fit all his attacking players into the game against Burnley.
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Expressing delight that his attacking players are now becoming fit and getting to their best, after the Champions League, Frank Lampard boasts of having options in the attack because of the heavy schedule of games but fitting them in is the problem.
“We’re also searching for relationships because some of the newer players are learning about each other and learning how we want to play. So I’ve got no problem with the options at the minute, and the players have to understand that when you play every three days consistent up to Christmas and beyond, there will be some rotations at times and we’ll need everybody” he added
Meanwhile, Frank Lampard can decide to play all four – Hakim Ziyech, Kai Havertz, Christian Pulisic, Timo Werner in the game to be able to score goals as it happened in the Champions League.
With about £200 million already spent on recruitment, Frank Lampard will be left with no choice than to win a trophy or secure Champions League qualification.
Chelsea VS Burnley predictions
Chelsea return from their 4-0 victory over FC Krasnodar in the Champions League to face Burnley for a Premier League challenge on Saturday as favourites as they have extended their unbeaten run to three games.
After goalless draws against Sevilla and Man United in the Champions League and Premier League respectively, the Blues have now returned to winning ways with the sweet victory on Wednesday night.
The West London outfit will be travelling to Turf Moor against the Burnley team that is yet to win a single game this season after six matched in the Premier League.
There is very little to talk about the host team on Saturday because their past results have revealed that they are not in the best of form but we will not be surprised if they turn things around against the Blues team.
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However, the Blues team seems to have started scoring again with Hakim Ziyech getting his full debut and marking it with a goal, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Timo Werner, and Christian Pulisic were also all on the score sheet. Frank Lampard hopes on nothing less than more goals from his team at the weekend. They have recorded just one win in their last Premier League game.
Frank Lampard will still count on his summer transfer signing, Edouard Mendy to stand in between the sticks as he has been instrumental to the team’s resurgence this season. We also expect N’Golo Kante and Jorginho to give the depth in the middle.
Thiago Silva, who missed the Champions League game, has been confirmed to be available for the Burnley clash while the attacking quartet of Hakim Ziyech, Kai Havertz, Christian Pulisic, and Timo Werner might be unleashed on the Saturday opponent.
See predicted Chelsea lineup:
Edouard Mendy, James, Kurt Zouma, Thiago Silva, Ben Chilwell, N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Hakim Ziyech, Kai Havertz, Christian Pulisic, Timo Werner.
Three possible N’Golo Kante replacements at Chelsea
Every Chelsea fan wants to see N’Golo Kante in the Blues shirt because of the impact he has made on the team but that might not continue for a longer period.
The former Leicester City midfielder is already being linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge as he cannot boast of the same performance when he first joined the club.
European giants like Real Madrid, Inter Milan, Paris Saint Germain are desperate to land the service of the World Cup winner and could be their opportunity should Frank Lampard decide to let him leave.
N’Golo Kante can no longer boast of a future at the club after learning that the club is keen on the signature of West Ham United midfielder, Declan Rice. That could cost him his playing time.
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However, three names have been listed as a possible replacement for the France international.
The Nigerian international has been solid for Leicester City for the past seasons. He has been attracting interest from Stamford Bridge with his stunning record of tackles and defensive powees at the midfield. Should The West London outfit decide against N’Golo Kante, the Nigerian international could be called upon but the Blues must be ready to pay big as he is also being linked to Paris Saint Germain.
Frank Lampard is known to have great belief in younger talents and that is what makes Denis Zakaria a perfect replacement for N’Golo Kante. The Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder will be able to manage Chelsea’s midfield properly as he can move forward with the ball. He will be less expensive and will jump at any opportunity to join a big side like Chelsea.
The West Ham United midfielder is one of the reason why N’Golo Kante is being rumoured to leave the club as he is top target for Frank Lampard. He has been in the EPL and well experienced.