Gianluca di Marzio reports that Premier League side Chelsea have decided to activate an extension clause in 33-year-old French international striker Olivier Giroud’s contract, extending his stay until June 2021.
From today therefore, clubs will have to agree a transfer fee with the London club if they want to sign Giroud this summer.
Inter Milan and Lazio continue to track the player’s situation closely. It is believed that Olivier Giroud, much like when Chelsea activated a 12 month extension in his contract this time last year to extend it to June 2020, did not have any control over whether or not the Premier League side could activate this clause.
The outlet claims in the same report that Chelsea are in direct contacts with Napoli attacker Dries Mertens about him joining on a free transfer this summer.
If CFC manage to convince the Belgian international, this would give Giroud more chances of leaving, which is believed to still be his priority, per French sources.