Former Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has, according to various reports from multiple outlets, agreed terms with Italian Serie A giants AC Milan regarding a move that will see him join the Italian club this summer. The French striker has grown frustrated over a lack of opportunities at Chelsea under manager Thomas Tuchel and has been looking for ways to leave Stamford Bridge since some months ago.
He almost joined Inter Milan last summer but he was blocked from leaving Stamford Bridge and Antonio Conte could not get his preferred striker target in the process. And with Conte parting ways with the Nerazzurri earlier in the week, Giroud has decided to join their Milan rivals instead in what will be a clean swoop for the Rossoneri in the summer. Giroud lost his regular starting role under former manager Frank Lampard and became the third choice behind Timo Werner and Tammy Abraham.
Following the arrival of Tuchel last season, the World Cup winner thought he could convince the German manager to see him as a starter in the team but he was not able to do so. Giroud’s agreed AC Milan move will now mean that Werner and Abraham will be the senior striker options at Stamford Bridge but with the latter also keen on a move away from the Blues, Werner could eventually end up being the only recognized striker at the London club next season.
Giroud is now set to replace Mario Mandzukic who left Milan after the end of his one-year contract with the club earlier in the week. There is now a chance for the France international striker to show what he can do when he finally links up with AC Milan and kick off their campaign next season in the Italian Serie A.