Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has refused to rule out a move for Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani.
The Blues are finally able to make transfers having had their two-window FIFA transfer ban halved by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Cavani has handed in an official transfer request to PSG officials amid interest from Atletico Madrid and with his current deal expiring in the summer.
But Lampard refused to quash rumours of a move for the 32-year-old in his press conference before facing Arsenal.
Asked whether he had any interest in the player, Lampard said: “He’s a great player; I played against him and I always loved his mentality and attitude, and obviously his goalscoring record speaks for itself.
While bringing players to Stamford Bridge is obviously a priority, the former Derby boss is also aware of players leaving west London.
Victor Moses is understood to be closing in on a loan switch to Inter after spending the first half of the season with Fenerbahce, and Lampard admitted the winger could well be on his way out of Stamford Bridge again.
“On Victor Moses, he’s obviously coming back from his loan with a view to going elsewhere, and those talks are ongoing as well,” said Lampard.
The former England international also discussed other topics during his press conference, and you can read the best bits, below…
On Edinson Cavani and potential transfers in
“He’s a great player; I played against him and I always loved his mentality and attitude, and obviously his goalscoring record speaks for itself.
“I’m not absolutely aware of what the situation is, so we’ll see. He’s an experienced player, but so are many other players out there.
“I think we are young, and we know about the transitions. The idea of bringing in experience is something I’m certainly not absolutely looking away from.
“Because sometimes the young players need a little bit of help, and if that’s the case then that may help us.”
On Mikel Arteta
“This league is so competitive. I know that they are a good team with good players. There has been a change when Arteta came on, we must be on guard and at our best.
“His effect is very quick and sudden – we felt that when we first played them. He will want a lot more time. He is a good coach and he will get time.”
On Marcus Rashford’s injury
“You can’t criticise a manager [Ole Gunnar Solskjaer] for something like that. Hindsight is a beautiful thing.
“If there are issues you have to make decisions. I have heard managers get slated for playing a second string, and now managers getting slated for playing them in the FA Cup.
“You can’t have it both ways.”
On Kepa after Newcastle game
“I will always defend all the players – goalkeepers hold their hands up as well. At times he has made good saves, at times he might feel he should do better.
“I didn’t have a direct conversation with him. I am sensitive to the fact that they are under the microscope.
“It is the same for any player. I try to push them, like everyone.
“He is a good goalkeeper. There have been times that he has saved us points.”
On Reece James’ injury
“He’s got an injury to the back of his knee area, but it’s not as bad as it could have been or we maybe first thought.
“He’s in contention for tomorrow but it will be a tight call to see how it settles down in the next 24 hours.”
Asked if he had feared the worst when James sustained the issue at St James’ Park, Lampard added: “Yeah, a little bit, because he had injuries at the start of the season. But now it seems it’s not as bad as it could have been.
“I won’t absolutely count my chickens but hopefully he’ll be OK for tomorrow, and if not, then the weekend.”