Following the completion of a deal for the sale of Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud, AC Milan is on the verge of announcing his signing.
Giroud has been with Chelsea since January 2018, when he moved from Arsenal to the west London club. During that period, he has scored some significant goals, but he has never been the focal point of the team. He’s been linked with exits in each of the last few transfer windows, and he’s worried that his lack of club gametime may hurt his international prospects.
Fortunately for him, he was still selected for France, though his chances were limited following the return of Karim Benzema.
Nonetheless, the 36-year-old is at a crossroads in his career this summer.
Indeed, with the Blues willing to pay a high price for Erling Haaland, Giroud has moved quickly to secure a move.
And a stint in Serie A is reportedly on the cards, with Gazzetta dello Sport reporting that he might be introduced by Milan as soon as this weekend.
The striker is scheduled to have a physical in Milan on Friday after the two teams agreed on a cost.
According to Sky Sports, they will pay Chelsea an initial fee of €1 million (£860,000) for the striker.
This will be increased by an additional €1 million in add-ons.
These include the number of appearances he makes as well as Milan’s qualification for the Champions League in 2023.
Transfer Chelsea has offered a forward to Barcelona, Aston Villa is pursuing Emile Smith-Rowe, and Spurs have entered the Kounde race.
Talks are continuing, and new contacts will be made in the coming hours with Giroud’s agents and Chelsea in order to reach an agreement.
Giroud signed a one-year contract with Chelsea in the summer of 2020, and the Blues exercised their option to extend it by another year. As a result, instead of a free transfer as previously reported, Milan has been forced to pay a small fee for the striker.