Cape Town - Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud could
join Serie A outfit Inter Milan on loan in January, according to reports
surfacing in Italy.
The Frenchman's struggles to force his way into the Chelsea side this
season have been well documented, and he is known to be seriously
considering his future at Stamford Bridge.
The 33-year-old has spoken openly about his need to be playing
regular first-team football, while France coach Didier Deschamps has
also said the same during this recent international break.
The European Championships are fast approaching and are possibly
Giroud's last opportunity to play at a major tournament for the World
Cup winners. To guarantee his place, he needs to be playing.
Giroud continues to impress for the national side and has fired home
three goals in the last four appearances, but he cannot get a sniff at
Chelsea and has not even made the bench for the last three games.
The former Arsenal man will be out of contract at the end of the
season and will be able to leave for free, but there is a chance he
could have moved on before then.
Blues boss Frank Lampard sees him as a valuable squad member and
would only sanction a move if the transfer ban is lifted in January and
he can bring in a replacement. If not, then there is every chance he
will block a move.
Giroud could still have a big role to play as Chelsea push for the
top four and silverware, but for now he is unhappy to be on the bench.
Inter are now reported to have entered the running as they could need
a replacement for Manchester United loanee Alexis Sanchez, who has
picked up a serious ankle injury and could be on the sidelines for
It means the Nerazzurri could need more firepower and former Chelsea
boss Antonio Conte, now at the San Siro, has identified Giroud as a
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