Chelsea Football Club would very much like you all to know that they have NOT “downed tools” — most annoying phrase in football? — and that they are still grafting as much as anyone can graft outside of a Love Island villa for someone to couple up with (which would allow Giroud to leave as well).
Frank Lampard may have proclaimed that the window is 95 per cent shut, but that means it’s also 5 per cent open ... so what he was really telling us is there is still a chance, right? Maybe they think we’re all a bit Dumb and Dumber.
There are about 4 hours left in the transfer window, which is just about enough time to brief some trusty journalists and save a little face. Here’s Matt Law with the word.
Chelsea are still waiting to see if a late striker option comes up. The likelihood is it will not, but they haven't downed tools for the weekend just yet.— Matt Law (@Matt_Law_DT) January 31, 2020
I’m enjoying most the juxtaposition of “waiting” and “not downed tools” in that tweet. Maybe we should try to be a bit more ... you know, active?