Out of contract Chelsea forward Olivier Giroud is “interested” in a summer move to AC Milan, according to reports.
The 34-year-old first made the move to the Premier League in 2012 as he joined Arsenal. He signed for the Gunners from French outfit Montpellier for around £10m.
Giroud won the FA Cup three times with Arsenal. He netted 105 times for them from his 253 appearances across all competitions.
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The Frenchman left Arsenal in 2018 as he joined Chelsea for a fee believed to be around £18m.
Giroud has just finished his fourth season with the Blues and he has impressed overall. He has 39 goals from his 119 outings for the Londoners.
The forward has fallen down the pecking order this term though as first-team opportunities have been hard to come by.
Giroud’s contract at Stamford Bridge expired at the end of the 2020/21 campaign and he will leave Chelsea this summer.
Inter Milan, Roma and Lazio have all shown interest in Giroud in recent weeks.
But AC Milan appear to be leading the chase to sign the striker. French outlet Le10Sport have reported that Giroud is “interested” in a switch to Serie A to join AC Milan this summer.
Back in February, former Chelsea player Tony Cascarino told talkSPORT that Giroud is one of the most “underrated” footballers in the world:
“I would say he is the best in the world of the most underrated players.
“There are a good few that are underrated and he’s at the top of the list.
“I was lucky enough to see Olivier as a young man when he was at Montpellier when they won the [Ligue 1] title, and he played a big part in that before he joined Arsenal.
“You could always see there was something a little bit different because he’s not a traditional centre-forward, yet he leads the line brilliantly.
“But he’ll do things that a No.10 can do. That goal [against Atletico] is a No.10 goal, it’s a Roberto Baggio type of goal. I’ve seen Giroud do that four or five times in his career.”