Report: Overlooked £18m man will meet with Chelsea board to ask for a transfer

Olivier Giroud will reportedly try to have a conversation with the Chelsea hierarchy about a possible move to AC Milan this summer.

According to Sky Sports Italia, Giroud is eager to speak to the Blues board, in order to wangle a transfer away from Stamford Bridge.

Following France’s fabled exit from the European Championships, the experienced striker now wants to concentrate on his club future.

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Chelsea recently triggered a one-year extension in the 34-year-old’s contract, which came as something of a surprise considering his age.

It was also a little eye-raising bearing in mind the minimal amount of game-time Giroud was afforded last season.

He started just eight Premier League matches in 2020/21, the last of which arrived in late February.

This downturn in minutes damaged his standing within the French side, as he was demoted to back-up behind Karim Benzema for Euro 2020.

With Chelsea eager to sign a new centre-forward, it is very unlikely Giroud will be handed many more opportunities in Thomas Tuchel’s team.

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The tall, tattooed attacker is seemingly keen on joining AC Milan, who are on a mission to raid the Blues.

They have already snapped up Fikayo Tomori permanently and have apparently shown interest in Hakim Ziyech.

Acquiring Giroud as well would end a three-year spell in South West London, having arrived from Arsenal for £18m (BBC Sport) in 2018.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.