Agent scheming as Chelsea star ‘crazy’ for exit offered in bargain deal

Date published: Monday 18th January 2021 2:47

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An agent has offered Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud to Real Madrid for just €5million this month, according to a report in Spain.

Giroud has continued to be the face of links with a move away from Stamford Bridge since his arrival.

Last January, the Frenchman‘s lack of game time prompted him to seek a new club. What’s more, he later revealed that he could have joined Tottenham after conversations with Inter Milan.

However, despite enjoying a resurgence in the second half of last season, he found himself in the same predicament in recent months. He insisted in November that, should his match minutes not increase, he would again be seeking a way out.

According to Defensa Central, (via Sport Witness) the 34-year-old remains ‘crazy’ to leave his west London employers.

But unlike last January, the Blues are also willing to sell without first guaranteeing a replacement.

Timo Werner’s arrival may well have influenced their change of stance, although that is unclear.

In any case, an intermediary is also supposedly working behind the scenes to find him a new club. However, Defensa Central does not make clear if that is his own agent, Michael Manuello.

The unnamed agent has offered Giroud to Madrid for €5million (£4.4million), the report claims.

However, Madrid have turned down the proposition. While head coach Zinedine Zidane wants a new striker after Luka Jovic’s departure on loan, Giroud does not fit their long-term vision.

Meanwhile, Chelsea are reportedly searching across Europe for a potential suitor for their striker. His contract at Stamford Bridge runs out in the summer.

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As links continue to surface about Giroud’s exit from Chelsea, fresh reports claim that Chelsea are keen on signing Erling Haaland.

The Borussia Dortmund striker only moved to Germany last January, but speculation over his next club has already arisen.

Unlike Giroud, the 20-year-old Norwegian fits more into Madrid’s vision. But Chelsea are confident of beating their transfer rivals to his signature.

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