Olivier Giroud could be living his last weeks as a Chelsea player. It is not the first time that this situation has been reached, but the context seems to indicate that yes it will be the final. The Frenchman ends his contract this summer and according to the Daily Mail his agents met last Friday with the sports director of Roma Tiago Pinto to talk about a possible arrival this summer.
The Frenchman has once again experienced a roller coaster ride at Stamford Bridge. Departed as third forward of the team but Lampard’s preference for putting Werner on the left wing and Abraham’s irregularity, made Giroud returned to ownership at the end of the year, but with the arrival of Tuchel, the forward has disappeared from the eleven and almost of the matches, with the exception of his crucial goal in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16. In the 11 Premier League games that the German, Giroud has coached He has only played 274 minutes, divided into four entitlements without even having jumped onto the field in his seven substitutions.
On the fourth … it’s the charm
This situation, added to Chelsea’s intention to sign a forward this summer, are in the fight for Erling Haaland and interested in and the Italian Andrea Belotti, make Giroud’s renewal far from occurring. Already last June, a few days before the contract expired, renewed his commitment because the pandemic situation did not invite a change of country for his family and in January 2020 was very close to reaching Inter Milan but the relationship of Marina Granovskaia, Chelsea manager, with his wife ended up preventing it.
The Giroud soap opera did not end there and the player himself described his situation “as worrying” in November, stating that something had to change “or I will make a decision in January.” Finally, that situation changed, with a goal poker to Sevilla in between, and the Frenchman stayed until the end of the season, at which point we are reaching and where the situation seems untenable.
Veterancy to accompany Borja Mayoral
Serie A is once again the destination where rumors lead Giroud. The Rome, who already took advantage of a very similar situation last year with Pedro, will go for a forward this summer. Italians in principle will be made with Borja Mayoral officially, paying the clause of 15 million included in his assignment, but with the most possible departure from Dzeko After all the problems with Fonseca, they need to get another ‘nine’.
At 34, Giroud would be a player who would bring veterancy to a very young project. Something similar, saving the distances, to Ibra in Milan. The second highest scorer in the history of the French national team has eleven goals in the 1129 minutes he has played this season, a good performance especially in Champions where he has scored six and averages one target every 38 minutes.
In this way he would end his career at Chelsea that began in January 2018 and his adventure in London, where he has been based since 2012 when he was signed by Arsenal. At Stamford Bridge he has never settled down playing 112 games in his three seasons as Blue. After many comings and goings and exit rumors in almost all the last transfer windows, everything indicates that this summer it will be Giroud’s final goodbye. Serie A awaits you.