Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud is set for a deadline-beating move to Inter Milan before the end of the month.
Giroud has been out of favour at Stamford Bridge this term with new boss Frank Lampard preferring Tammy Abraham instead.
The 33-year-old was to play regularly to give himself a chance of starting for France at Euro 2020 this summer.
And he could now get his wish at Antonio Conte’s Inter.
The Italian club are busy bolstering their squad as they look to dethrone serial Serie A champions Juventus.
Conte has already drafted in Ashley Young from Manchester United this month and Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen looks set to follow suit in a deal worth around £17m.
Giroud’s Chelsea team-mate Victor Moses has also moved to the San Siro, and Italian journalist Nicolo Schira has now suggested the striker will be next.
That figure for Giroud translates to around £4.2m with a potential £1.3m in additional payments.
The striker would earn around £3.4m in salary, which works out at around £65,000-a-week.
Giroud has made just seven appearances for the Blues this term, scoring once.
Chelsea are set to sell Olivier Giroud to Inter Milan
Before moving to west London he was a hit at Arsenal between 2012 and January 2018.
Lampard said of Chelsea’s transfer business on Friday: “With Olivier [Giroud] it’s still the same position where there’s been contact with other clubs and if and when that’s agreed I’ll let you know, but it’s not yet,” he said.
“So he’s still our player on those terms.
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“I think the impetus to bring in a striker or players potentially that can get on the end of these chances we’re creating is there, and we have to be really honest about that.
“Recent games have shown that if we are struggling to create that’s one problem, but when you’re creating 20 chances a game and not scoring enough goals that can be crucial.
“So I don’t think it…