The Blues are have no intention of selling him
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 but the manager admitted he was important for the system to click and to bring players like Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann into play.
The Blues appointed Maurizio Sarri as their new manager after sacking Antonio Conte despite his contract expiring next summer. The club reportedly wants a new striker after Alvaro Morata struggled throughout the last campaign.
The Premier League giants have been heavily linked with a move for Juventus forward Gonzalo Higuain as the 59 year old is keen to bring him at Stamford Bridge. The Argentina International has previously worked under him at Napoli.
This led to speculations that the Frenchman could be allowed to leave after just 6 months and alerted many clubs who are interested in signing him.
Marseille have opened discussions with Olivier Giroud’s representatives, reports RMC Sport.
The Ligue 1 side have been after Nice striker Mario Balotelli, but negotiations over his transfer have stalled. And so OM have turned their attentions towards him, though Chelsea are not likely to part easily.