Olivier Giroud is continuing talks with AC Milan over a potential move this summer, despite Chelsea triggering an extension to the forward’s contract.
Milan are interested in signing the France international on a free transfer as the Italian side look to strengthen their attacking options ahead of the new campaign, the Rossoneri set to return to the Champions League for the first time since 2013/14.
Giroud is keen to secure regular first-team football after finding opportunities restricted at Chelsea and spoke earlier this month on his future, discussing reported interest from ‘one of the great teams in Europe’ in Milan.
The 34-year-old’s situation is complicated by Chelsea’s triggering of a one-year extension to his deal in April, though Sky Sports Italia are reporting that talks are continuing between Milan and Giroud’s representatives.
They report that Giroud has an agreement with Chelsea that would allow him to leave this summer, with Milan keen for a free transfer deal.
Milan are also close to completing a deal for Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori, who spent the second half of last season on loan at the San Siro, while they are also thought to harbour an interest in Hakim Ziyech.
Giroud is currently with the France squad preparing for Euro 2020 and scored twice in the 3-0 win over Bulgaria on Tuesday, the veteran now just five goals short of equalling Thierry Henry’s record as the nation’s all-time record goalscorer.