Inter Milan and Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud are reportedly close to an agreement as the Serie A side prepare a two-year deal with an option for the third year.
Giroud has previously revealed he was close to Chelsea exit in January with several clubs, including Inter were ready to scoop him up.
The deals broke down but apparently Antonio Conte is still keen on bringing the French international to his squad according to a report from La Gazzetta dello Sport.
The Italian publication claimed Inter have been in constant contact with Giroud’s representatives and Conte sees him as an ideal backup for Romelu Lukaku.
Inter are also anticipating the potential departure of Lautaro Martinez who has attracted interests from several top clubs including Chelsea and Barcelona.
And unlike in January, the decision is now all in Giroud’s hands as his contract at Stamford Bridge expires this summer.
The report said Giroud has not ruled out Chelsea stay beyond summer but would prefer a long-term deal rather than the usual one-year contract Chelsea offer to players in their 30s.
Inter has reportedly offered a two-year deal with a one-year extension option which is close to Giroud’s demand of a three-year deal.
La Gazzetta dello Sport further added Giroud would be willing to take a wage-cut in order to move to Inter, which would make him earn below the €6.5million Lukaku and Christian Eriksen earn at Inter.
They claimed Inter is confident to land Giroud on a free transfer as the 33-year-old wants a reunion with Conte.