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Olivier Giroud open to MLS move as part of ‘final challenge’

Olivier Giroud helped Chelsea lift the Europa League by scoring 11 goals in the competition last season.

The Frenchman joined from Arsenal and has done his bit for the side in a short span. However, the striker isn’t the first-choice under Frank Lampard, with Tammy Abraham getting the nod recently.

The English youngster is on a scoring spree and Giroud isn’t sure if this is his last season with the Blues.

The Frenchman was speaking on RMC Sport’s Breaking Foot and claimed a move to the MLS cannot be ruled out (h/t Metro):

“The MLS for my family, my children who speak English, it’s interesting. In a year? In two years? I do not know when. But of course after that I will be open to a final challenge.”

The Frenchman extended his contract recently as the Blues were hit by a transfer ban, and Giroud opened up about staying at the club:

“There were no discussions because the club had an option for another year and they took it because they were happy with what I brought to the club.

“It even went further than that, there is a genuine belief in me. Aside from that, it was not necessarily my desire to leave and I never really asked myself the question about a possible departure.”

Giroud’s time at the club is done?

The 32-year-old is a decent striker to have on the books and gives us a different option to Abraham.

Giroud will be needed when our Champions League campaign begins, and the Frenchman’s experience is important for the young team too.

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Olivier Giroud

It will be interesting to see if he leaves once this season is done, which is when we can start buying players again.

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The Frenchman is a quality finisher, however, age could be catching up to him by the end of this campaign.

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Chelsea could make summer move for top-class Argentine star impressing in Ligue 1

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Chelsea are keen on signing Mauro Icardi in the summer

Frank Lampard is keen to sign Argentine striker Mauro Icardi in the summer, according to Football.London.

The former Inter Milan captain is currently on loan with French heavyweights Paris Saint-Germain. The striker has scored 19 goals and two assists in 29 appearances for the defending champions.

With Michy Batshuayi misfiring and Oliver Giroud’s contract to run out in the summer, Chelsea are extremely dependent on Tammy Abraham upfront.

Lampard would ease the workload on the youngster’s shoulders by bringing in a striker in the summer.

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Icardi won the Serie-A player of the year in 2018

Is the decision dependent on the player’s better half?

With the player also receiving attention from Real Madrid and Juventus, his wife Wanda Nara would have a key role in where he ends up this summer.

Icardi’s wife also doubles up as his agent has suggested that the player favours a return to Italy with Juventus.

She has also commented that she is unsure if the player will return to Milan or stay in Paris. The decision ultimately rests with Icardi and Wanda will follow him.

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A clause in Icardi’s contract means Chelsea will not have to worry about PSG having the first refusal.

Icardi was twice nominated in the Serie-A team of the year and also won the Serie-A player of the year in 2018.

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Agent reveals how close this Chelsea player was to leaving in January

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Oliver Giroud’s agent opens up on failed Inter Milan move

Chelsea striker Oliver Giroud’s agent has opened upon the Frenchman’s failed move to Inter Milan in the January transfer window, according to Sempreinter (h/t Football.London)

The 33-year-old was at the fringes this season and was behind Tammy Abraham and Michy Bathuayi in Frank Lampard’s pecking order.

With opportunities hard to come by, the Frenchman looked likely to leave the club in January.

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Oliver Giroud scored his first goal of the season against Tottenham

The former Arsenal man was linked with a move to Inter Milan and Tottenham Hotspur.

Ultimately it wasn’t to be and the striker stayed at Chelsea. The player’s agent Mattero Materazzi has revealed what happened in the background with regards to the move to Inter.

“Ten days before the market closed it was done.”

The agent revealed that the Italian giants were very close to the move, but the circumstances surrounding Politano and Spinazzola led to the collapse of the move.

With Abraham injured and Batshuayi in poor form, Giroud has recently made most of his opportunities.

Giroud was rewarded with a start against Tottenham following his impressive cameo against Manchester United. He repaid Lampard’s faith in him by opening the scoring in a 2-1 win.

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The French World Cup winner is out of contract in the summer. He will move for free if he doesn’t sign an extension at the Bridge.

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Chelsea keen on signing £25million Serie A star as first-choice keeper

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Chelsea are keeping tabs on Udinese keeper Juan Musso

Chelsea are interested in signing Udinese keeper Juan Musso, according to Football.London.

Frank Lampard has lost faith in the underperforming Kepa Arrizabalaga. The Englishman has relegated the Spanish keeper to the bench and has continued to use Willy Caballero instead.

The reserve keeper is 38 years old and does not present a long-term solution. Lampard is looking for a new number one and Udinese’s Juan Musso one of the options being monitored.

The 25-year-old joined up with the Serie A side from Racing Club in 2018. He has since gone on to make 54 appearances for the Bianconeri. (h/t Whoscored)

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Juan Musso has made 50 appearances for Udinese

The Argentine has established himself as a key player at Udinese and is a commanding presence in the penalty box. He is expected to cost Chelsea around £25million if the Blues make a move for him in the summer.

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Muso is of Argentine and Italian descent. He has won a solitary international cap for Argentina against Morocco in 2019. He later replaced the injured Esteban Andrada in the Argentina squad for the 2019 Copa America.

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25-year-old Chelsea ace wanted by two Italian giants – decision to be made in the summer

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Emerson Palmieri wanted by Juventus and Inter Milan

Chelsea defender Emerson Palmieri has emerged as a summer transfer target for Serie-A giants Juventus and Inter Milan, according to Juvenews (h/t The Sun)

The 25-year-old has fallen out of favor with Blues boss Frank Lampard and the Italian giants could offer him an escape route from Stamford Bridge. The Italian has made just 14 appearances for Chelsea this season with Cesar Azpilicueta keeping him out of the side.

The player’s agent, Luis Fernando Garcia, has confirmed the interest from Italy in his client.

“We know very well about Juventus’ interest but also about Inter.”

He has, however, admitted that neither has there been talks with Chelsea in view of a transfer nor has an offer been made for the player. The agent expects this to change after May, once the season ends. The decision regarding the player’s future will be taken in the summer.

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Emerson joined Chelsea from Roma in January 2018 for around £20m. He has gone on to make 52 appearances for the Blues and was a part of the squad that won the Europa League final in 2019. He assisted Oliver Giroud’s opener in the 4-1 win over Arsenal.

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