Giroud urges Fekir to join Chelsea as he reveals Hazard talks

Nabil Fekir Olivier Giroud Lyon Chelsea
The 25-year-old almost joined Liverpool earlier this summer but his France team-mate hopes to lure him to Stamford Bridge before the window closes

Olivier Giroud has urged Lyon forward Nabil Fekir to join Chelsea, revealing that Eden Hazard has also discussed the possibility with the midfielder.

Fekir came close to joining Liverpool earlier in the transfer window as the Reds entered talks over a £60 million (€68m/$80m) transfer with Lyon. The attacking midfielder  even had a medical with the Reds as a deal looked imminent,  only to see it fall apart before the World Cup .

The collapse was quickly followed by rumours Fekir could end up heading to Real Madrid, but Lyon boss Bruno Genesio  and president Jean-Michel Aulas have since suggested he could stay in Ligue 1 for another year .

After captaining Lyon to third place in Ligue 1 and scoring 18 goals in the top flight last term, speculation continues to build around Fekir, and Giroud has suggested he and Chelsea could be a match made in heaven.

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"I spoke to him when we were with the France team and his transfer to Liverpool was aborted," Giroud told reporters. 

"After that, it was a question about Chelsea. Even Eden had a couple of words with him.

"We'd welcome him, he's a great player and of course we'd welcome him with pleasure. I don't know if it's news but the market finishes on Thursday."

Chelsea have made only one major transfer this summer in the shape of Jorginho, who joined from Napoli, but coach Maurizio Sarri confirmed last week that he hopes to land another midfielder before the transfer window closes.

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Fekir is not the only option, however, as the London side are in talks to land Mateo Kovacic from Real Madrid .

The Blues are also expected to sign goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Club for €80m (£71m/$92m), while Thibaut Courtois looks set for a switch to Real Madrid.

Sarri's team begin their Premier League campaign on Saturday with a visit to Huddersfield Town before taking on Arsenal at Stamford Bridge the following week.