Juventus have become the latest club to enter the race for unsettled Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud, according to reports in Italy.
Giroud has just six months left on his contract at Stamford Bridge, and could leave even sooner than that, as he looks to keep up his hopes of earning a place in France’s squad for Euro 2020.
Rangers became linked with the striker in recent reports, but it is believed that he would prefer to move to Italy to join Inter Milan.
According to Corriere Della Sera (via Calciomercato), though, another Serie A side are also turning their attention to Giroud, with Juventus plotting a move to beat their rivals to him.
The reigning champions had been in the race for Erling Braut Haaland, before the Norwegian starlet opted to sign for Borussia Dortmund on Sunday.
Therefore, it is claimed that Juventus will now change track and look to sign Giroud instead – with extra depth needed in attack following the departure of Manchester United target Mario Mandzukic to Al Duhail.
The Old Lady believe they can sign Giroud for as little as €5m (£4.3m), given his age and the short length of his contract.
Meanwhile, another Chelsea forward is delaying in signing a new contract due to wage demands. The player in question is Tammy Abraham, who has yet to agree a renewal because he feels he should earn at least as much as £180,000-per-week teenager Callum Hudson-Odoi. Read the full story here.