Juventus planning shock move for €20m-rated Chelsea striker

Olivier Giroud has agreed on a deal in principle to join Juventus, as the Bianconeri continue their search for a new centre-forward. France international may find playing time hard to come by at Chelsea next campaign after Frank Lampard secured the transfer of Timo Werner, with Tammy Abraham also fighting for a starting berth.

With Gonzalo Higuain ready to leave Old Lady, new manager Andrea Pirlo is targeting a new striker. Luis Suarez is their main target, while Edin Dzeko and Edinson Cavani have also been considered. But Olivier is viewed as a cheap backup alternative to the more complicated aforementioned deals.

Giroud has already agreed to a deal in principle to join the Serie A giants. The 33-year-old centre-forward would earn £5m a year in a two-year deal if it goes through. The London giants would only require a fee of £5m to let him leave, making it a financially straightforward deal for the Italian club to get over the line.

It’s likely the agreement would only be struck at the end of the transfer window, with the Bianconeri chiefs pursuing their priority options. Luis Suarez is scheduled to take an Italian exam to obtain citizenship next week but the bureaucratic steps may take a while to complete.

A move for Edin Dzeko has been handed a setback after an injury to Nicolo Zaniolo, means they cannot strike a swap deal with Napoli for Arkadiusz Milik and they would have to cough up £32m to sign him. Juve are also interested in Edinson Cavani but Atletico Madrid leads the battle to add him.