Frank Lampard has discussed the availability of Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani and admits Chelsea need ‘experience’ and ‘short-term’ solutions.
Chelsea are known to be seeking reinforcements during the winter window after seeing their transfer-ban lifted last month, with Lampard keen to bolster his attacking options to ease the goalscoring burden on top scorer Tammy Abraham.
Uruguay international Cavani is one name linked with a move to the Premier League in recent weeks, the 32-year-old having handed in a transfer request at PSG amid interest from Atletico Madrid and seeking a January exit from the French capital.
Cavani is PSG’s all-time record goalscorer having scored 198 goals since joining from Napoli, and speaking ahead of Tuesday’s game against Arsenal, Lampard was asked about a move for the player ahead of the transfer deadline on January 31.
“He’s a great player,” Lampard said at his pre-match press conference. “I played against him and I always loved his mentality and his attitude. His goal-scoring record speaks for itself.
👏 Edinson Cavani has more goals for PSG than any other player in the club's history:
👕 292 games
⚽️ 198 goals
🏆 20 trophies
💪 El Matador is looking for the next challenge. pic.twitter.com/LmkqaShNOa
— William Hill (@WilliamHill) January 20, 2020
“I’m not absolutely aware of what the situation is, so we’ll see.”
Lampard discussed the need to add experience to his developing squad this month, Chelsea having integrated several of their best academy graduates into the first-team so far this season.
The Blues boss admits signing a player of Cavani’s calibre could help benefit his young side, and says adding experience is one of several options currently being considered by the club’s recruitment team.
“He’s an experienced player but so are many other players out there,” Lampard said. “We are young as a squad so the idea of bringing in experience is not something I’m looking away from. Sometimes the younger players need a bit of help.”
Despite being widely tipped to be amongst the most active Premier League clubs this winter, Chelsea have so far struggled to secure new additions and Lampard added that the mid-season market is a difficult one in which to operate.
“I think long term in January is very difficult so short-term [signings] is something we would look at. I think there are issues that are pressing for us to finish where we want to get to. Short term is something we are looking at.”
Chelsea are rumoured to be interested in Lyon’s Moussa Dembele this month, while Cavani has strongly been linked with Atletico Madrid, though Manchester United has also been suggested as a potential destination following the news that they will be without Marcus Rashford for up to three months due to a stress fracture in his back.