AC Milan reach an agreement for the signing of Olivier Giroud

Olivier Giroud-Chelsea

The French striker is out of contract at Stamford Bridge this summer.

AC Milan have stepped up their efforts in signing Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud, whose contract expires this summer.

According to a report, Rossoneri have an agreement in principle for the signing of Giroud with only small details left before the final deal.

The French striker’s contract expires this summer, and he is one of the players expected to leave Stamford Bridge.

Giroud’s stint under then-manager Frank Lampard was exemplary, but his importance has withered since the arrival of Thomas Tuchel.

Earlier, Tuchel, who led the Blues to the Champions League glory this season, commented about Giroud’s future, stating that a decision would be made soon while praising the former Arsenal man’s attributes.

“He is one of the top strikers in the box; he’s physically strong, he has an incredible first touch when he takes balls directly.

“He is a key figure, he has a huge impact in a most positive way that we can wish, and this is what I can say. So I am very happy that he is here, and from there, we will arrive at decisions, but it is too soon.”

Milan are in the market for a new striker as they seek to find a replacement for Mario Mandzukic, who recently left the club. There is also a rumoured interest in PSG striker Mauro Icardi, who had previously played for the arch-rivals Inter Milan.

Giroud is also said to be interested in joining Rossoneri despite interest from West Ham United and MLS outfit New York City.

Milan enjoyed a successful season in Serie A, which saw them qualify for the Champions League after a long time. The prospect of playing in UCL could lure Giroud to join Milan.