The London club could be about to start a bidding war over Olivier Giroud, having decided to let the centre-forward leave in the winter transfer window. According to reports in Italy, Tottenham and West Ham United both want to add the striker. France international looks ready to leave Stamford Bridge once the winter transfer window opens.
The 34-year-old centre-forward has fallen down the pecking order under the English manager after this summer’s £250m spending spree. Timo Werner’s arrival has pushed him to third-choice striker, with Tammy Abraham ahead of him in the queue.
Olivier hasn’t started in the PL this campaign and has been forced to come off the bench in all of his four matches in the competition. Giroud’s featured in the UCL and scored the winner in Tuesday’s 2-1 victory over Stade Rennais after coming off the bench.
The French centre-forward is determined to play for the Les Bleus next summer at the European Championships, and as a result, wants more club game time. Blues are apparently willing to let him leave, as a thank you gesture for his efforts for the club since joining from the London club.
Despite being out of deal at the end of the campaign, a move in winter looks the most likely scenario. The Spurs and Hammers are both eager to sign the centre-forward, claims Italian media. Tottenham were active in the summer transfer market, bringing in Gareth Bale and Carlos Vinicius to reinforce Jose Mourinho’s front-line.
The PL leaders have the option to pay £41m for Vinicius at the end of the campaign, and a move for Olivier looks slightly unlikely.