Olivier Giroud close to leaving Chelsea for Milan in £1.7m deal

Milan are closing in on a €2m (£1.7m) deal to sign Olivier Giroud from Chelsea. Giroud saw Chelsea trigger a one-year option on his contract towards the end of last season, ending his chances of leaving on a free, but the striker is still expected to move to Milan.

The 34-year-old often found himself on the sidelines under Thomas Tuchel and is keen to play more regularly. Milan have long held an interest in Giroud and have continued to negotiate with the European champions over the France international.

Chelsea managed to maximise Giroud’s value by extending his deal and Milan are expected to pay €1m up front and a further €1m in add-ons next year.

Giroud has been a popular figure at Stamford Bridge since joining from Arsenal in January 2018. He played a key role in Chelsea winning the Europa League in 2019 and he scored a stunning overhead kick when Tuchel’s side beat Atlético Madrid in the last 16 of the Champions League last season.

Giroud would be the second Chelsea player to join Milan this summer, following Fikayo Tomori’s move to San Siro. Tiémoué Bakayoko is also a target for the Italian club.