AC Milan are reportedly interested in signing French forward Olivier Giroud from Chelsea in the summer transfer window.
According to a report by Italian publication Gazzetta dello Sport, Olivier Giroud has popped up on the radar of AC Milan over a move in the summer transfer window. The French forward is set to leave Chelsea as a free agent, with a Bosman move on the horizon for him.
Giroud joined Chelsea from Arsenal in January 2018 and has since proven to be a handy asset for each of the managers he has played under. While never a regular for the Blues, the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner has managed to deliver the goods whenever called upon, directly contributing to a goal every 107.5 minutes (39 goals and 14 assists in all).
However, Giroud is approaching the end of his time at Chelsea, with his current deal running out at the onset of the summer transfer window. Despite his advancing age, there is no shortage of interest in the French international, who has been linked with Atletico Madrid, AS Roma, Lazio and Inter Milan, with AC Milan currently hot on his trails.
The interest from the Serie A giants makes a great deal of sense, considering Zlatan Ibrahimovic will turn 40 this year, while Mario Mandzukic has failed to make an impact since arriving in the January transfer window. To make matters more concerning, Rafael Leao has blown hot and cold this term, while Ante Rebic has been inconsistent as well.
With that in mind, Giroud is a viable target to consider for AC Milan, despite that fact that the veteran forward is 34 years old. Indeed, playing in Serie A should help the Chelsea striker extend his career in the best possible manner while still possibly competing in the UEFA Champions League.
The fact that he will not cost anything as far as the transfer fee is concerned makes him even more appealing for the Rossoneri. Chelsea, on their part, are keen on bolstering their attack as well, with Harry Kane a top target heading into the summer transfer window.
As for Giroud, the experienced striker looks set for the next phase in his career, which could well be in Serie A, where AC Milan are interested. What now remains to be seen is if San Siro ends up being his next destination once he leaves Chelsea this summer.