Antonio Conte looks set to raid former club Chelsea for a centre-forward in January, after the player in question revealed his ambition to be involved at Euro 2020 is the main motive for wanting to ditch Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea have enjoyed a renaissance under club legend Frank Lampard this season, with six wins on the spin propelling the Blues up to third in the table.
The club’s new policy of integrating promising talent from the academy has borne fruit in spectacular fashion as Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori have all cemented their place as first-team regulars.
Abraham in particular has been in magnificent form, racking up 10 goals in the league alone, but the 22-year-old’s emergence has slid France international Olivier Giroud down to third spot in the pecking order behind Michy Batshuayi also.
Despite his lowly position in the Blues’ striking hierarchy, Giroud is a key man for France, notching six goals as the World Champions marched through qualification for Euro 2020.
Now, according to Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport (via Goal.com), Inter have opened talks with Giroud after he was reported to be “keen to move in the winter window to secure first team football and therefore boost his chances of featuring for France at Euro 2020.”
A double Premier League raid for Giroud and Spurs playmaker Christian Eriksen was touted last week, as Conte looks to build on the impressive start he has made as Inter manager.
However, the report goes on to suggest that (via Italian news outlet football-italia.net) there are two major hurdles that must be overcome before a move can be agreed.
The length of contract and lofty wages Giroud currently collects are cited as stumbling blocks, with the player wanting “a deal to run to 2022,” but the club only willing to serve up “an 18-month contract.”
The Frenchman’s contract expires in the summer of 2020, meaning Chelsea could look to cash in and collect a fee in January rather than risk losing the for free six months later.