There is a “very good chance” that Chelsea will let Olivier Giroud leave in January, according to reports – but they are unlikely to replace him.
Giroud came close to leaving Chelsea in the previous winter transfer window. However, he eventually stayed put and signed a one-year contract extension.
He rewarded Frank Lampard’s faith in him by finishing the season in fine form in front of goal. But any hopes of a more regular role this season were soon denied when Chelsea splashed out on Timo Werner in the summer.
Werner’s arrival has pushed Giroud back down to third in the pecking order of strikers at Stamford Bridge. Tammy Abraham also remains ahead of him.
Therefore, with the Euros coming up next summer, he has been advised to secure a move away from Chelsea this January. While he remains in good form for France, his place in the national team could be at risk.
He has even recently admitted himself that he could look for a new home in January. The striker recently said he was in a “worrying” situation that leaves him with a decision to make.
Now, he has been given fresh hope that his wish will be granted. According to The Athletic, Chelsea will not stand in his way if he wishes to leave.
Giroud has been at Chelsea since January 2018, and has helped them win the FA Cup and the Europa League. Hence, the club feel he has been a good servant to them.
With that in mind, they will not prevent him his wish for more regular gametime elsewhere.
No replacement needed for Giroud
The report reminds that they did a similar thing with Cesc Fabregas and Branislav Ivanovic when both players came towards the end of their spells at Stamford Bridge. Therefore, Chelsea will not begrudge him the opportunity to leave.
Before they accept any offer for him, they will first ensure Werner and Abraham are both fully fit. They do not want to be left short of depth.
In fact, it is claimed they will not even sign a replacement for Giroud if they do allow him to leave. Therefore, they will be putting all their trust in the German and the Englishman.
Should both remain in peak condition, Giroud will be allowed to make way. He will likely move abroad, with Inter Milan still interested in his services.