Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud is set to snub an offer to stick around in the Premier League and sign for AC Milan, according to reports.
Thomas Tuchel is planning a huge clearout this summer and Giroud, whose contract runs out at the end of this month, is one of those expected to leave.
The Frenchman has been a good servant to the west Londoners since joining from Arsenal in 2018, scoring 39 goals in 119 appearances, mostly from the substitutes bench.
Giroud’s already limited opportunities have been even harder to come by under Tuchel, who has used the 34-year-old just 15 times since his arrival in January.
According to Italian source Calciomercato.com, the forward had an opportunity to join MLS side New York City or remain in the Premier League with West Ham.
But the veteran target man instead looks set to join Serie A giants AC Milan on a two-year-deal until the summer of 2024.
The report goes on to claim that Giroud believes he can still perform at the highest level, and he is ‘intrigued’ by the prospect of Serie A and Champions League football.
He will reportedly sign a two-year-deal worth £3.4million-per-season with performance-related bonuses on top.
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In the meantime, Giroud will be concentrating on firing France to European Championship glory this summer.
The veteran is still an important part of the French squad and needs just seven more goals to overtake Thierry Henry as the country’s all-time leading goalscorer.
Former Arsenal striker Henry believes it would be a “great achievement” if Giroud could surpass his 51-goal haul.
He told Goal: "It would be great, a great achievement.
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“Records are made to be broken. I often speak to him actually, whenever he scores a goal or two, and I always say to him 'well done', because he deserves it.
“In the past three or four years it seems like he’s struggling for starts with his team at club level, but whenever he plays – whether it’s at club level or in the national team – he often delivers.
“And yes, I know people will tell me that he didn’t score a goal at the World Cup, but at the end of the day he lifted the trophy so it doesn’t really matter.”
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