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Even though Chelsea are in the midst of a two-window transfer ban, they are still being linked with potential new recruits when the January transfer window opens.
That, of course, is due to the ongoing appeal. The Blues are hoping to overturn the end of their punishment, and they will find out on November 20th whether they will be able to start spending at the start of next year.
One of the names being linked with a move to Stamford Bridge is Habib Diallo. Leicester City and Newcastle are also pursuing the Metz forward and, considering an offer of £10m is said to be enough to tempt the Ligue 1 side into selling the striker, he could represent a bargain.
The 24-year-old has proven himself to be one of the French side’s best players over the last couple of seasons. Last year, he scored 26 goals in 37 games for Les Grenats as they were promoted to the top tier, and he has continued that impressive form this time around as well.
In his first 13 games in the top flight this season, he has scored eight goals. That is made to look even more impressive by the fact that his side have scored just 11 goals altogether as they lie 17th in the table.
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Tammy Abraham currently has 10 goals in the Premier League, which is the second-highest after Jamie Vardy. It is unlikely that anybody will be brought in to take his place. However, with Michy Batshuayi and Olivier Giroud both linked with moves away, a new back-up striker may be needed.
Compared to those two aforementioned alternatives, Diallo would likely be happier with a rotation role given the fact he would be coming in from Metz and he has just 20 matches in the top tier under his belt before this campaign. Considering the potential price, it would be a transfer with absolutely no risk.
Quite frankly, this would be a move that makes perfect sense and, if the Blues win their appeal, Diallo would be an astute signing for Frank Lampard to make.