Olivier Giroud has been given a deadline by AC Milan to leave Chelsea before they search for other alternatives.
According to Corriere dello Sport, Milan are keen to secure the Frenchman this week, giving him plenty of time to settle into Stefano Pioli’s side.
However, if Giroud does not manage to agree his release terms with Chelsea before the cut-off, his Italian suitors will look elsewhere.
They already have their eye on Luka Jovic, who is in a similarly perilous position with Real Madrid.
The Blues experienced striker looked destined to leave Stamford Bridge this summer, until a one-year extension was triggered in his contract.
He could still depart before the Premier League campaign kicks off, but it just makes his escape a little trickier.
If Chelsea fails to sign a new centre-forward in this window, they might be more reluctant to relinquish Giroud’s services.
This didn’t seem much of a problem for Thomas Tuchel during his maiden spell in charge of the Blues.
In total, the former Arsenal attacker played just 13 times under the German coach.
Hardly any of these were starts; even the substitute appearances lasted a smattering of minutes.
Few would blame the £18m (BBC Sport) World Cup winner for wanting out of Chelsea.
It would just be a shame to see him go in these circumstances, without a proper goodbye to supporters.