Report: Italian club set to lure striker away from Chelsea with two-year contract worth £4.3m

New contacts between AC Milan and the representative of Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud are expected in the next few days, according to transfer expert Gianluca Di Marzio.

The Italian journalist claims that Milan continue to work to bring the 34-year-old to San Siro.

The Serie A side is reportedly hoping to get an update on the striker’s willingness to “free” himself from Chelsea.

As announced last week, Chelsea activated a one-year extension option in Giroud’s contract in April.

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Milan, however, are reportedly counting on Giroud to reach an agreement with Chelsea to terminate his contract early and therefore become available as a free agent this summer.

The report also added that Milan have put forward an offer of a two-year contract worth €5million (£4.3m) gross.

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Giroud himself seems to be attracted to the prospect of playing for Milan, having already described it as “an option”.

According to an earlier report from The Telegraph, Chelsea would allow Giroud to leave if they manage to sign a new striker or receive a good offer.

Losing a player on a free transfer would certainly not be a “good offer” for Chelsea.

This means Giroud’s future could depend on whether the club could land one of their reported striker targets this summer.

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