Olivier Giroud has once again been linked with a move away from Chelsea in order to protect his international career.
Giroud has been in fine form for the France national team, with five goals from eight games in 2020. He is now only seven goals away from matching Thierry Henry’s record as the country’s all-time leading scorer.
However, his prospects at club level have not been as good. Giroud finds himself behind Timo Werner and Tammy Abraham in the pecking order at Chelsea.
The striker was close to leaving the club last January, as he looked to build up more regular gametime before Euro 2020. However, he forced his way back into the side and signed a contract extension for a further year.
Had the Euros gone ahead as originally scheduled, Giroud would have been almost certain to make the France squad. But, with the competition postponed until next summer, the situation has now changed.
Giroud risks losing his place with France, despite his impressive record for them, if he cannot earn a regular role with Chelsea.
So far this season, he has only started one game, which was in the Carabao Cup. Giroud also has just one goal to his name at club level this term, coming in the same competition against Barnsley.
France coach Didier Deschamps warned Giroud earlier this week that he needed to be playing regularly at club level to retain his place in the France squad. Therefore, an exit could be on the cards again.
Conte still wants Giroud
According to Fabrizio Romano, writing for The Guardian, Giroud will consider offers in January. Serie A is a likely destination again.
Last year, Inter Milan and Lazio wanted to take him to Italy for the first time in his career. Romano says Lazio have now dropped their interest, but Inter remain a contender.
Antonio Conte is always on the lookout for reinforcements to his squad, and could reinforce his attack with a player he knows well.
Conte was the manager who initially took Giroud to Stamford Bridge, signing him from rivals Arsenal in January 2018. Now, the Italian tactician could try to lure the 34-year-old again.
Inter’s current options up front are Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez, but no other member of their squad, other than defender Danilo D’Ambrosio, has scored more than once in Serie A so far this season.