We expect that 33-year-old French international and centre-forward Olivier Giroud will be one of the main sources of transfer deadline day headlines in the coming hours.
His situation is complicated & stands as follows. Earlier today, Lazio agreed provisional terms with Giroud over a 3.5 year contract, but the Frenchman stalled in giving them a definitive yes as he was concerned about playing time guarantees, with Ciro Immobile currently the undisputed starter over there. Lazio have a provisional agreement with Chelsea, who merely have to decide whether or not to activate the deal on their end: a 6-month loan with a €1m fee, plus a €5m obligation to buy, with an additional €1m attainable as a further bonus based on performances.
Inter Milan have spent the day scrambling for targets after deciding they wanted to sign a striker after all this month. Despite having completely messed Giroud around, provisionally agreeing terms with both Chelsea and him before pulling the deal earlier this month, in recent hours they have reinitiated contacts, according to Sky Italia.
L’Équipe reported earlier tonight that Giroud’s clan remain very pessimistic about being able to make a move in the final hours of the window as Chelsea are refusing to let the Frenchman go without a replacement. Chelsea’s stance has hardened on this recently because of an injury to Tammy Abraham. Sky Italia believe that Giroud may refuse to turn up to training tomorrow morning at CFC’s Cobham ground in a bid to force a departure. Giroud desperately needs to leave Chelsea if he is to be able to play a role at EURO 2020, as Didier Deschamps has said publicly on many occasions.
Tottenham and several French clubs, including Rennes and Bordeaux, are monitoring Giroud’s situation by the hour, in case CFC are able to land a replacement in the final hours of the window. This will be salivating.