The Blues are reportedly ready to offload striker Olivier Giroud to Spanish side Atletico Madrid this summer transfer window.
Having just only arrived from Arsenal to Chelsea back in the January transfer window, Giroud helped the West London club to win the FA Cup in May. The Frenchman was brought in to fit in for the misfiring Alvaro Morata and has impressed in his short spell at Stamford Bridge. Giroud also led the front line for his national side France as they won the FIFA World Cup just more than a week ago. However, Chelsea is keen on letting go of Giroud after just six months at Stamford Bridge.
After sacking Antonio Conte, new Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has reportedly stated that Giroud will most likely not going to be involved in his plans for the future. Following the Italians arrival at Chelsea, Sarri wants to reunite with his former Napoli player Gonzalo Higuain who is currently at Juventus. This would mean that the 31-year-old would have to make way for the Argentine as Sarri is also planning to give Morata an extended run of games.
Chelsea has done business with La Liga side Atletico Madrid last season when they sold Spanish striker Diego Costa to the Spanish capital. And with Kevin Gameiro probably moving to Valencia, Diego Simeone preferred the way Antoine Griezmann linked up with Giroud at the World Cup for France. Giroud would add a focal point to Atleti’s attack which would add some dynamism for the Europa League winners as they will hope to compete in the Spanish dominated league.
Giroud has always been a threat in the front line and his aerial ability should work extremely well for Diego Simeone. If Sarri, does not want the World Cup Winner at Chelsea he may have to look for a high-quality replacement as the Frenchman is very effective at holding the ball up and linking with his teammates.