As per a report from French outlet Soccer Link, Lyon are eyeing out-of-favour Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud as a potential replacement for Moussa Dembele, in the case that the latter makes the move to Manchester United.
33-year-old hitman Giroud has been on the books at Stamford Bridge since January of last year.
After Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s arrival at Arsenal pushed the Frenchman further down the attacking pecking order of the Gunners, Chelsea swooped to secure Giroud’s signature on deadline day.
And the veteran has since gone on to rotate in-and-out of the Blues’ starting XI, amid a number of changes in management.
Giroud’s most telling contribution to the Chelsea cause came last season in Europe, when the World Cup winner notched a hugely-impressive 11 goals and 4 assists en route to Europa League glory.
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— UEFA Europa League (@EuropaLeague) May 30, 2019
To this point in the current campaign, though, Giroud has majorly struggled for game-time.
New Pensioners boss Frank Lampard has settled firmly on Tammy Abraham as his first-choice centre-forward, with Michy Batshuayi now seemingly also ahead of Giroud in the attacking pecking order at Stamford Bridge.
This has seen the former Arsenal man notch just a solitary start across all competitions thus far in 2019/20.
And, on the back of suggestions that Crystal Palace were, as a result, considering a swoop for Giroud in January, another club are today rumoured to have emerged in the hunt for the Frenchman’s signature.
The outfit in question are Olympique Lyonnais.
As per the aforementioned report from Soccer Link, Giroud is being eyed up as a potential replacement for star striker Moussa Dembele.
Former Celtic man Dembele has been in fine form to this point in the campaign, having notched 7 goals in Ligue 1.
This output has reportedly seen the 23-year-old added to the centre-forward wishlist of Manchester United, amid the Red Devils’ struggles for goals over the early months of the season.
Duncan Castles recently even went as far as to claim that contact has already been established between United and Lyon over Dembele:
‘I can tell you there has been contact between Manchester United and individuals close to Moussa Dembele to assess the player’s interest in the move and to work out what the cost would be in terms of salary.’
As such, if the French U21 international does end up making the move to Old Trafford, then fellow countryman Giroud could make a return to his home country, as a direct replacement.