Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud could seal Inter Milan transfer by the weekend

Olivier Giroud’s potential move to Inter Milan has edged nearer, with reports from Italy stating that he could officially join the club by the weekend.

Inter’s sporting director Piero Ausilio returned from a trip to London this week, after reportedly holding face-to-face talks with three Premier League sides.

Ausilio is said to have spoken to Chelsea about Giroud, Tottenham Hotspur about Christian Eriksen and Manchester United over Ashley Young.

However, TuttoMercato are reporting that Giroud was the ‘number one goal’ of Ausilio’s excursion and that he could become an Inter player in time for their Serie A clash with Lecce on Sunday.

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Ausilio was spotted at the airport in Milan and spoke to reporters about Inter’s transfer business, saying: “There’s no news, no developments.

“We have faith in our squad and the work Inter are doing. If we then have the opportunity to improve the current squad, then we’ll do so.”

Inter’s pursuit of Eriksen has also stepped up, with the club keen on bringing the midfielder to the San Siro this month instead of waiting until the summer to sign him on a free.

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They have also retained their interest in Young, despite bringing in Leonardo Spinazzola from Roma in a straight swap for Matteo Politano.

Valentino Lazaro has emerged as a potential target for West Ham and Werder Bremen and if the full-back does depart the San Siro, Inter are expected to move for Young.

The Red Devils’ club captain is still keen on the move and has rejected a new contract at Old Trafford to try and force through the move.

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When asked about Young’s future, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: “It’s a discussion me and Ash will have if it comes up.

“We haven’t got too many players…