Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud is considering five potential destinations before his contract expires next year.
Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud could be a free agent next summer and the 33-year-old is already attracting attention of other clubs. The Frenchman has only scored one goal in his five appearances this season and as a result the striker has found himself playing back-up to Tammy Abraham.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has put his faith in the 22-year-old and as Giroud is in the final year of his contract other clubs are now looking at what the World Cup winner might offer them next year.
And according to Sportsnet 650 journalist Dan Riccio, MLS side Vancouver Whitecaps have contracted the veteran striker about a possible transfer. After a disastrous season on and off the pitch, the Vancouver Whitecaps know major changes are needed for next season.
However, the reports states that the 33-year-old is only considering a move to MLS for Los Angeles, Miami, Washington, New York, or Chicago.
Giroud, a World Cup winner with France last year, would have been the biggest name ever signed by the Whitecaps. Though they seem unlikely to attract him, the mere fact that the Whitecaps are attempting to sign a player of his profile is a great sign, because he will not come cheap.
Whitecaps ownership has long been criticized for their reluctance to spend money on high-end talent. Vancouver’s payroll was the lowest in MLS when figures became public in June, though they since signed Ali Adnan to a contract rumored to be worth more than $1.8 million per season.