Borussia Dortmund keen on signing Chelsea forward Olivier Giroud, with Inter Milan also interested…
Chelsea, under Frank Lampard, have been enjoying a good season owing to the back to back clinical performances put in by the likes of Mason Mount, Christian Pulisic and Tammy Abraham as they currently sit third in the Premier League table. But things have not been going so well for forward Olivier Giroud who seems to have fallen down behind in-form Tammy Abraham and Belgian forward Michy Batshuayi in Lampard’s pecking order. The French forward has managed to play for just 120 minutes in the Premier League this season and reportedly wants to leave the Stamford bridge.
Giroud is in search of regular football in an attempt to make it to Didier Deschamps France squad for the UEFA Euro 2020. With that not happening for him at Chelsea, the 33-year-old needs to look elsewhere and luckily for him, Borussia Dortmund and Inter Milan are both interested in securing his services. As reported by Mirror, Borussia Dortmund have reignited their interest in signing Giroud, despite the World Cup winner passing over the opportunity to sign for them last summer.
Serie A side Inter Milan are also keen on signing Olivier Giroud. Inter manager Antonio Conte reportedly wants the Frenchman at Inter but as per Sky Sports Gianluca Di Marzio, Chelsea’s transfer ban may act as a roadblock in any move happening in January. Even though Giroud has not featured much for Lampard’s Chelsea, he still remains a back up option for the club. Giroud would say yes to Conte’s Inter without a second thought but Chelsea would not be willing to let him go in Jan without finding an alternative, which in this case is not possible owing to the transfer ban.
France head coach Didier Deschamps even appealed to Frank Lampard to give Olivier Giroud more playing time to which Lampard said that he cannot select his squad based on wht international managers want. The Blues boss had the following to say, per Mirror:
“It is difficult for me and it is difficult for them – we both have our jobs so it doesn’t feature in my thinking. I have care for all the players. I have to pick the squad as I see it for the best of Chelsea as they do for their countries. I have got three strikers to pick from and I have to make the choices. Again I can’t complain about any of their attitudes.
Things will look different and that is where you need professionalism. Between those three I have had it from all of them.”
Olivier Giroud played full 90 minutes for France in their UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying match against Moldova with the forward scoring a 79th minute winning penalty in Les Blues comeback putting them at the top of their group. Giroud is expected to start France’s next game too as they travel to Albania for their final qualifier match.
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