Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has admitted he’s spoken to Lyon star Nabil Fekir about a potential transfer to Stamford Bridge.
The former Arsenal man is a French international team-mate of Fekir, who shone in Ligue 1 last season to earn himself a spot in Les Bleus’ victorious World Cup squad.
Giroud now admits he’d love to see Fekir join him at Chelsea, though he’s unsure about whether or not a deal can happen before tomorrow’s deadline.
Still, the 31-year-old is quoted in the Metro as admitting he’s spoken to Fekir about Chelsea after his rumoured £53million move to Liverpool broke down earlier this summer.
‘I spoke to him when we were together in the French national team, when his move to Liverpool fell through,’ Giroud told Foot Mercato, as translated by the Metro.
‘Then we discussed Chelsea, and I even think that Eden said a couple of words to him.
‘We would obviously welcome him, he is a super player, but I don’t know if this is something that could happen as the window closes on Thursday.’
Chelsea aren’t exactly short of attacking midfield players at the moment, though a quality addition like Fekir could always be useful to a side with title ambitions.
The 25-year-old could be an ideal long-term replacement for ageing pair Pedro and Willian, and could even perhaps be an option up front after the poor form of Alvaro Morata in west London.
Though Fekir has largely operated in an attacking midfield role with Lyon, he has a strong scoring record and CFC boss Maurizio Sarri notably turned Dries Mertens from a winger into a highly prolific centre-forward during their time together at Napoli, so could try something similar here.