AC Milan have been able to bag another Chelsea player this summer after agreeing a €2 million transfer fee for striker Olivier Giroud. The Frenchman was on the verge of leaving Chelsea since his contract was about to expire in June, but the blues triggered the option of another 12 months. This blocked Giroud’s move to San Siro on a Bosman. Yet, it appears that Milan did not have to wait for long to get their target, as they have decided to pay a minor compensation of €2 million to sign the 34-year-old. This would bring Giroud’s Chelsea career – and indeed his time in England – to an end.
Giroud has been a key centre forward in English football for the last decade. He moved to England in the summer of 2012 by signing for Arsenal from Montpelier. After six seasons with the Gunners, Chelsea signed him for around £15 million back in January 2018.
Despite an excellent goals-to-games ratio, Giroud was never really a regular first-team player for the blues, as concerns about his age and longevity continued to affect his game time. Still, it did not hurt that Giroud was constantly among the goals.
Last season, Giroud had the lowest involvement in Chelsea’s Premier League games in the last three campaigns, as he made only 17 appearances – with many as a substitute – throughout the season. Thomas Tuchel may have praised Giroud for his professionalism, but it was Lampard who provided the World Cup winner with most of the game time from last season.
Chelsea continue to be linked with top strikers like Erling Haaland but the blues are yet to make any significant move in the market when it comes to acquisitions. Milan have already captured Fikayo Tomori from the blues for around £24 million, while Tiémoué Bakayoko is also of interest.