Latest News: Chelsea is willing to part ways with their 2019/2020 hero Olivier Giroud for £5m as the player agrees to a “provisional” contract with Juventus.
This could finally be it for Olivier Giroud and his time in the Premier League after a couple of contract extensions between last summer and now. The player did his part to help Chelsea and Frank Lampard in their building last season but it is time to move on.
The Stamford Bridge side has been the busiest of the top six in the Premier League and has added players who will see the Frenchman fall further and further down the pecking order, giving him no other option but to depart from London and seek regular game time elsewhere.
Like every other transfer link and possible exit for Olivier, the GPS destination is set for Italy, for a chance to kick about in the Italian Serie A, this time with a Juventus summer switch. They have been linked with him prior to this, but it was always other Italian sides looking more likely to gain his services.
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Sky Italia report that French international striker Olivier Giroud has found a 2-year provisional contract agreement with Juventus ahead of a possible move from Chelsea.
The two-year contract would see Giroud earn €9m excluding bonuses. The outlet claims that Chelsea want €5m in order to allow him to depart. (Via: getfootballnewsfrance.com)
During last summer and the winter window that followed, it was almost ceratin Giroud was out the doors at the Bridge. Since Antonio Conte was introduced as the manager at Inter Milan, he has always wanted to reunite with the striker.
But Lampard needed his presence and goalscoring abilities at Chelsea in the absence of Tammy Abraham, who had a long lay-off with an ankle injury. With the Blues adding Timo Wener, Kia Havertz, and already having Abraham, competition is too stiff and youthful for him to take part in.
The clubs are yet to sit down and hold formal discussions with no offer coming from the Serie A serial winners. If they want the forward £5m is a low fee the for the World Cup gold medallist.
Adding to the recent news and speculations, Juve is finding it hard to strike deals with initial and first-choice targets, Luis Suarez from Barcelona and Edin Dzeko from AS Roma.
They need to find a replacement for the outgoing Gonzalo Higuain, who has agreed to personal terms with MLS side Inter Miami.