Chelsea chief Marina Granovskaia has promised Olivier Giroud a move away from the club this summer – despite handing him a new one-year contract last week.
The Blues raised eyebrows aplenty by announcing that Giroud, 34, had put pen to paper on a contract extension just weeks before his current deal was set to expire.
Having fallen out of favour under Thomas Tuchel in the second half of last season, the France striker was widely expected to depart Stamford Bridge upon the expiry of that deal.
Nevertheless, reports in Italy suggest he is still set to leave Chelsea this summer regardless of the extension.
Chelsea chief Marina Granovskaia has promised Olivier Giroud a move away, despite handing him a new contract last week
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Calciomercato claim Granovskaia made a promise to Giroud that he would be free to leave the club even though he is still under contract until 2022.
The decision to activate his one-year extension very much suits both parties, as Chelsea will now receive a fee for the ex-Arsenal frontman instead of releasing him on a free.
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Granovskaia has ensured the Blues’ benefit financially from Giroud’s departure
AC Milan are understood to be leading the race for his signature, although they were initially keen to bring him to the San Siro on a free transfer.
That of course is no longer a possibility, yet having given Giroud her word that he would be allowed to depart this summer Granovskaia will likely have to accept a cut-price deal.
Stefano Pioli reportedly wants to bring him to AC Milan
Milan are reportedly prepared to hand Giroud a two-year contract worth £4million plus bonuses.
The Blues star is said to have made up his mind about joining Stefano Pioli’s side a number of weeks ago, a…