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.
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.
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.