Various sources from Italy today are reporting speculation of Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud agreeing a deal in principle with Juventus, as the Italian side is still looking for a new striker to replace Gonzalo Higuain.
Juventus have been linked to a lot of experienced strikers over the last few weeks, the leading rumors are Luis Suarez from Barcelona, Edin Dzeko from AS Roma and Edinson Cavani from PSG. As they are struggling to reach an agreement for Suarez or Dzeko, they have changed their direction towards France’s main striker Olivier Giroud.
According to Gianluca DiMarzio and Sky Italia, the 33-year-old striker has reached an ‘agreement in principle’ with the Turin side over a two-year deal. The two-year contract would see Giroud earn €9m excluding bonuses. They also report that Chelsea wants €5m in order to allow him to depart.
Giroud, 33, still performing in full gear as recently scored his 40th international goal for France this week.
Before the beginning of the season people are only speculating what Frank Lampard’s newborn Chelsea attack approach will be. With the new arrivals of Timo Werner and Kai Havertz, two prolific attacking players who can play as a Striker under different approaches, Olivier Giroud and Tammy Abraham will face heavy competition to hold down a place in Starting XI.
Giroud signed a new contract at Chelsea beginning of this year after seeing potential moves to Inter Milan and Lazio fall through.
Giroud, a different type of player, probably one of the best target-men currently in the world of football, only time will tell where he would play next season.