Chelsea forward Olivier Giroud is still hoping to move to Inter Milan in the upcoming summer transfer market on a free transfer, according to a report from Fabrizio Romano on Italian website Calciomercato.com.
The report details how the 33-year-old France international was incredibly close to signing for the club in the transfer window last month, but the Milanese side’s push for Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen’s signature forced the Olivier move temporarily off the table.
The World Cup winner is still interested in joining Inter because of his desire to work with Italian coach Antonio Conte, with the forward fondly remembering their time together at Chelsea.
Serie A giants are more unsure now about landing the French striker, the report continues.
Their agreement was in part a short-term solution in this campaign’s title race, and a summer move does not fully convince them yet, especially considering the expensive two-year deal that was previously agreed.
The Nerazzurri will not look for new attacking options until April, and so Olivier could still arrive in the summer.
Meantime, Chelsea have reportedly pinpointed Inter Milan forward Mauro Icardi as a possible summer signing.
Although the Blues are well stocked for variants in the final third, Olivier Giroud and Michy Batshuayi could both leave Stamford Bridge before the beginning of next campaign.
The Premier League outfit have been linked with a couple of frontmen, but FC Inter News suggests that Mauro is high on their shortlist.