The Rossoneri have made an official statement to confirm that they have secured the services of Olivier Giroud from the London giants. France international has reportedly put pen to a two-year contract, with Milan paying Chelsea an initial €1m while an additional €1m will constitute bonuses.
Olivier joined the Blues from Arsenal in winter after spending over half a decade at the Emirates Stadium. The switch to Chelsea proved to be successful for Giroud, who won three major honours with Chelsea, including this year’s UEFA Champions League.
However, from a sporting perspective, the 34-year-old striker was often left frustrated as he had to play second fiddle to the likes of Alvaro Morata, Tammy Abraham and Timo Werner for much of his spell with Blues. Despite that, the French centre-forward managed a handy tally of 39 goals and 14 assists in 119 matches for the Blues.
As the summer transfer window approached, it had become clear that Olivier was ready to leave the London club. Giroud was initially expected to depart Chelsea as a free agent before Blues chose to extend his deal by twelve months. This has enabled them to recoup a bit of money in his exchange, as he completes a move to Milan.
The interest from the Rossoneri had been evident for a couple of months now, but in recent weeks, Milan had inched closer to securing the services of the Frenchman. The eagerness to sign someone like Olivier made sense as well, considering just how much Milan faltered in the absence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic last campaign.