Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has reportedly reached ‘total agreement’ with Inter Milan over a transfer.
The 33-year-old’s contract expires at the end of the season and the forward is currently free to negotiate deals with teams outside of the Premier League .
Giroud has played just 192 minutes in the league this season and is keen to leave Stamford Bridge in order to secure more playing time.
The Frenchman was not even in the Blues squad that hosted Burnley on Saturday and watched from the sidelines.
And according to Italian journalist Nicolo Shira, Giroud has already agreed a contract with Inter which runs until the summer of 2022.
Inter are willing to offer Giroud €4m (£3.4m) in wages, plus bonuses, and could finalise the move tomorrow.
Shira tweeted on Saturday: “#Inter are closing Olivier #Giroud from #Chelsea. Total agreement between Inter and french striker for a contract until 2022 with a wages of €4M a year + bonuses. #transfers #CFC”
As Giroud is available on a free next summer, Inter are pushing for a cut-price deal, not willing to pay over £5m.
LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 17: Olivier Giroud of Chelsea FC applauds the fans after the UEFA Champions League group H match between Chelsea FC and Valencia CF at Stamford Bridge on September 17, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Chloe Knott – Danehouse/Getty Images)
But it is claimed Chelsea are holding out for £8.5m as they look to ship him out this month.
The forward was said to be keen to join Inter but the Serie A club only wanted to complete a move during the January transfer window and were likely to drop their interest if they failed to sign him this month.
Lampard appeared to be at peace with losing the World Cup winner on Friday when he was asked about the move.
“With Oli the situation is if it’s right for everybody, first and foremost for us as a club because he’s under…