News broke yesterday that Olivier Giroud has had a contract extension to stay at Stamford Bridge for another season.
The Frenchman came close to ending his stay in West-London during the January transfer window, but no move materialised.
Since then the former Arsenal man has broken through into Frank Lampard’s starting line-up, scoring against Tottenham in late February.
French media outlet, Le10sport, are claiming a move away is still a possibility despite the new deal. The report suggests that Chelsea have activated the option with business in mind. Had the Blues not taken the option to extend the strikers deal, he would have left for free. However, a fee would now have to be paid to secure his services.
The report adds that there is interest from Serie A. Lazio are considering making a move for Giroud at the end of the season. At 33-years-old, it’s doubtful he would command a huge fee, but going some way to recoup some of the £18m we paid Arsenal nearly two-and-a-half-years-ago could be a good bit of business.
Personally I’d keep the Frenchman at the club. He offers experience, and further firepower as another option to Tammy Abraham. It’s likely another striker will be signed despite Giroud staying. Michy Batshuayi is the one that is likely to make way, after failing to impress Lampard when given the chance.
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