Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud is reported to have agreed a deal to join Italian giants AC Milan. The World Cup winner’s contract was set to expire last month, but Chelsea exercised the option to extend his contract for another year.
Despite extending Giroud’s contract, Chelsea are willing to let the former Arsenal forward leave in summer, and AC Milan are believed to have agreed personal terms. According to Sky Italia, Giroud has agreed to a two-year deal worth £3m a year.
The report also states that the Italian club are yet to agree a deal with Chelsea. However, Giroud is hoping Chelsea would allow him to join AC Milan on free transfer. There are chances Chelsea could also discuss about potential transfers of Bakayoko and Hakim Ziyech to AC Milan.
Bakayoko, who has been loaned out for the past three seasons, played for AC Milan, and it is understood that the Italian club are still interested in the former AS Monaco man. Hakim Ziyech meanwhile has struggled for minutes since Thomas Tuchel’s arrival after his move from Ajax last summer.
The Morocco international was an unused substitute against Manchester City in Chelsea’s Champions League final win in Istanbul. Despite enjoying a good start to his career in Chelsea under Frank Lampard, the midfielder has been mostly confined to substitute appearances under Tuchel.
It is believed Ziyech could be a potential replacement for AC Milan’s Hakan Calhanoglu, who joined Inter Milan on a free transfer on Tuesday.