Chelsea will secure a “minimum compensation” from AC Milan over a permanent deal for veteran striker Olivier Giroud, according to Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio.
Despite the earlier rumours about Giroud’s potentially being allowed to leave as a free agent to a foreign club, it seems that Chelsea will at least earn a transfer fee albeit not substantial.
Last month, the Blues announced that they have activated a one-year extension option in the 34-year-old’s contract, which came as a surprise to many.
Milan, who according to earlier reports were hoping to sign the striker on a free transfer, are now reportedly close to agreeing to pay a small compensation instead.
Di Marzio further claims that Chelsea and Milan have been in constant contact recently and the deal could be struck as soon as today.
Another report from La Gazzetta dello Sport has made a similar claim, adding that Giroud and Milan have previously agreed on a two-year contract worth around €4million-a-year (£3.4m) plus bonuses.
If the deal is imminent, as the reports suggest, Giroud will be the third Chelsea player to leave on a permanent deal, following Fikayo Tomori and Victor Moses to Milan and Spartak Moscow, respectively.
Given how professional Giroud has been despite the lack of game time in the last few seasons, it seems fair to allow him to pursue regular football elsewhere.
However, his departure would also put even more pressure on Chelsea to bring in another striker this summer.
Not to mention if, let’s say, Tammy Abraham, whose contract in 2023, also decides to leave this summer.
Unsurprisingly, according to a recent report from 90min, Chelsea are now prepared to launch a massive bid for Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland.