Serie A giants in the battle for £110,000-a-week Chelsea striker

The London giants centre-forward Olivier Giroud has agreed on a deal to join Milan, according to reports in Italy. France international’s deal was due to expire at the end of this month but the Blues triggered an option to extend the centre-forward’s deal for another year.

However, the UCL holders are still open to selling Olivier this summer and the Rossoneri are leading the race for the striker. Giroud has now agreed on a two-year deal with the Rossoneri worth €3.5m a year plus bonuses.

The report claims that the Rossoneri are yet to agree on a fee with the Blues, but the 34-year-old striker is hoping that the club will allow him to leave on a free transfer. It’s also claimed that the Blues are willing to discuss the prospect of selling Hakim Ziyech and Tiemoue Bakayoko to Milan.

Tiemoue Bakayoko, who was signed from Monaco in a £40m deal in 2017, struggled to make an impact in his only campaign at Chelsea. Bakayoko has spent the last three campaigns out on loan, including a stint at Milan. It’s understood that the Serie A club have maintained their interest in Bakayoko, who spent the last season at Napoli.

Ziyech, meanwhile, also struggled to make an impact in his first campaign at Chelsea after he was signed in a £37m deal from Ajax last year.

The Moroccan attacker was unable to secure a regular role under Thomas Tuchel and was left on the bench for Chelsea’s victory over Man City in the UCL final last month. It’s understood that Milan view Hakim Ziyech as the perfect replacement for Hakan Calhanoglu, who joined Inter on a free transfer on Tuesday.