The Blues well be happy to offload the player
Olivier Giroud joined Chelsea from Arsenal for an undisclosed fee, signing a 18 month contract in the January transfer window. Former manager Antonio Conte prioritized signing an another striker as last summer signing Alvaro Morata struggled to make an impact.
The France International didn’t get much game time during his first few matches but eventually he was ahead of the Spanish striker in the pecking order. He impressed during the short spell, scoring 5 goals and assisting 1 in 18 appearances in all competitions.
The 31 year old also helped the English side to win the FA Cup final against Manchester United as they ended the season on a positive note. It was his 4th FA Cup title as he won 3 with the Gunners before leaving them.
He was selected in the France World Cup squad and helped lead Les Bleus to victory at the World Cup by acting as the focal point in Didier Deschamps’ attack. Though he didn’t score a goal but the manager claimed he was important for the system to click and to bring players like Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann into play.
The Blues have appointed Maurizio Sarri as their new manager last week and it is expected the club will move fast to secure their targets. They have been heavily linked with a move for Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain as Alvaro Morata is expected to leave the club.
Atletico Madrid are keen on signing Giroud, according to Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio.
The Frenchman was an ever-present for France as they won the World Cup and the Spanish side chiefs want to recreate his partnership with their star man Antoine Griezmann.
The Premier League giants could well be happy to offload him as they step up their pursuit of Higuain – who has previously worked with new boss Sarri at Napoli.