Olivier Giroud nears Chelsea exit as agent meets Inter Milan chiefs over £10m transfer

Olivier Giroud’s Chelsea exit has moved a step closer after the player’s agent met with Inter Milan officials to discuss a transfer.

The French World Cup winner is looking for a January exit after falling out of favour under Frank Lampard .

He has found himself third in the pecking order at Stamford Bridge behind Tammy Abraham and Michy Batshuayi.

The 33-year-old has been linked with several Premier League clubs this month but Serie A giants Inter been constantly mentioned as another option.

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Antonio Conte is a fan of the former Arsenal man and sees him as a useful back-up to Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez.

The Italian was the man who originally signed Giroud when he was manager of Chelsea before leaving soon after.

And according to Italian transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, Conte is looking to seal a £10m move as soon as possible.

He claims that Giroud’s agent met with Inter chiefs on Thursday for talks about a move.

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West Ham, Aston Villa and Newcastle are also believed to be interested in signing the Frenchman, who is out of contract with Chelsea in the summer.

It is understood he would prefer a move abroad than a Premier League relegation battle as he looks to keep his spot for Euro 2020.

Romano also claims that Christian Eriksen’s representatives are also due in Italy to discuss a move to Inter.

The Tottenham midfielder is able to speak with foreign clubs and can sign a pre-contract agreement to move in the summer.

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The Denmark international’s contract at Spurs expires at the end of the current season.

Giroud has not featured for Chelsea since the end of November with Lampard putting his faith in Abraham.

He has only scored five goals since joining the Blues in January 2018, although the majority of his appearances have come as a substitute.