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Giroud edges closer to Chelsea exit with deal close to being agreed

Olivier Giroud finally looks like he is close to leaving Chelsea with AC Milan close to reaching an agreement to sign the French striker.

Giroud has enjoyed a fine Premier League career since first arriving on these shores from Montpellier in 2012, netting 105 goals in 253 appearances in all competition for Arsenal where he lifted three FA Cups.

 

He would swap north London for west in January 2018, forming part of an unusual triple transfer deal that saw the Gunners sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, while Chelsea‘s Michy Batshuayi headed to the Westfalenstadion on loan.

Since arriving at Stamford Bridge, he has continued to score plenty of important goals, though has often had to settle for the role of backup striker, scoring 39 times in 119 appearances for the Blues where he has added two more FA Cups, the Champions League and Europa League to his impressive list of honours.

Despite often being on the periphery for his club, Giroud has often been an integral part of Didier Deschamps’ French national setup, scoring 46 goals in 110 caps for Les Bleus, forming a key component of the 2018 World Cup triumph in Russia.

However, it seems as though his time in English football is set to come to an end, with Sky Sports Italia reporting that AC Milan are close to reaching an agreement worth around €2 million to take him to the San Siro – with Chelsea having triggered an extension to his deal that was set to expire this summer.

It is being reported that the 34-year-old has already agreed personal terms on a two-year deal with the Rossoneri, where he can expect to challenge for a place up front with the evergreen Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ante Rebic; the Italian side set to return to the Champions League for the first time since 2013/14.

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