Serie A side back in for Chelsea star after intriguing January approach

Date published: Friday 13th March 2020 8:39

Lazio have reignited their interest in Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud after failing to sign him in January, reports in Italy claim.

Giroud was expected to leave Stamford Bridge in the winter in search of regular gametime ahead of Euro 2020, but made a U-turn by staying for the final six months of his contract with the Blues.

There is now even the chance that the Frenchman could extend that contract, but he remains on the radar of one of his potential suitors.

According to Gazzetta Dello Sport, Giroud remains a target for Lazio after they made contact with his representatives in January.

Those discussions led to a positive response from the player’s entourage, but negotiations will have to start from scratch if the World Cup winner becomes a free agent in the summer.

However, the Italian newspaper dismisses the chances of Giroud extending his stay at Chelsea, leading to hope for the Rome-based side, who are considered the favourites for his signature.

Inter Milan also retain an interest in the 33-year-old, with Antonio Conte having initially taken him to Stamford Bridge in 2018.

The player has admitted that Inter would have been his preference in January, but he has taken his chance to return to the first team at Chelsea, scoring against Everton in only his fifth start of the season.

Nonetheless, it may not be enough to persuade him to stay, with several clubs still interested in taking him.

 

Even fellow London-based Premier League rival Tottenham Hotspur were linked with Giroud, who admitted to doing everything in his power to leave Chelsea until a move was no longer possible.

However, the power will be in his hands over the next few months as he decides on his next destination.

 

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