He may have only been a Chelsea player for six months, but Olivier Giroud could be heading out of the Stamford Bridge exit doors according to reports in Italy.
The France international was one of the big name movers on January’s transfer deadline day, swapping Arsenal for Chelsea for around £18 million, a deal which saw Michy Batshuayi move to Borussia Dortmund, and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang join the Gunners.
It took a few weeks for Giroud to settle at Stamford Bridge, with Eden Hazard initially being preferred to lead the line through the middle, although the 31-year-old did go on to bag five goals in 18 appearances for the Blues.
He would also lead the line for France in the World Cup, a tournament which of course Les Bleus went all the way in. Despite starting every game for Didier Deschamps’ side, not only did Giroud fail to score, he failed to get any of his shots on target.
However, despite that slightly embarrassing stat, it seemingly hasn’t put Spanish giants Atletico Madrid off, with respected Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio reporting stating that Los Rojiblancos have made an offer to take the striker on a season-long loan, with an obligation to buy next summer.
The Europa League winners are on the lookout for a new striker this summer following the departure of Fernando Torres, who left the club at the end of last season to ply his trade in Japan.
Atletico Madrid have been linked with Croatian striker Nikola Kalinic, although that deal is thought to have fallen through, leaving the Spaniards to look elsewhere. While Diego Costa and Antoine Griezmann are undoubtedly the main strikers for Diego Simeone, a striker of the calibre of Giroud would be an excellent backup.
While it is unknown if Maurizio Sarri is willing to let the striker leave, the opportunity of another season in the Champions League could prove to be tempting for Giroud, with Chelsea having failed to qualify.