AC Milan are preparing to submit an offer for exit-bound Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud, Goal can confirm.
The Rossoneri are eager to bring in the Frenchman on a free transfer when his contract at Stamford Bridge expires this summer
Giroud is a month away from his contract expiry date at Stamford Bridge, with little sign of a renewal on the horizon as Thomas Tuchel looks ahead to his first full season in charge of the Blues.
The 34-year-old, who helped Chelsea secure a top-four finish and win their second Champions League crown in 2020-21, is now attracting interest from Milan, who are hoping to lure him to San Siro on a free transfer.
Goal has learned that Milan officials are due to meet with Giroud’s representatives later this week to thrash out a deal.
Rossoneri head coach Stefano Pioli wants to add greater experience to his forward ranks as he prepares to take the club back into the Champions League following a seven-year absence.
Giroud has been identified as a priority target, with Milan confident that he still has plenty to offer at the highest level despite seeing him reduced to a bit-part role at Chelsea over the past two seasons.
What has Tuchel said about Giroud?
Tuchel spoke out on Giroud’s situation back in February, insisting a final decision on his future had yet to be made while also talking up his impact on the squad.
“He is one of the top strikers in the box, he’s physically strong, he has an incredible first touch when he takes balls directly,” said the Blues boss.
“He is a key figure, he has a huge impact in a most positive way that we can wish, and this is what I can say. So I am very happy that he is here, and from there, we will arrive at decisions, but it is too soon.