Olivier Giroud could depart Chelsea by the end of this week with AC Milan looking set to secure a move for the French striker, football.london understands.
Giroud had a one-year option triggered in his contract earlier this year as the Blues kept some value in the Frenchman, who is expected to leave in a deal worth around £1m plus add-ons.
He will become the second Blues player to swap Stamford Bridge for the San Siro, following Fikayo Tomori to Italy who completed a £25million switch to the Italian side last month.
Giroud is expected to move on in order to find more regular match minutes, something he struggled with since the arrival of Tuchel in January, to keep his place in the France squad for the 2023 World Cup in Qatar.
He netted a crucial away goal, and a spectacular one at that, in Chelsea’s last 16 tie against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League and netted 11 times during the run to Europa League glory in 2019.
He also scored all four goals in a group stage win over Sevilla while Frank Lampard was still in charge.
With the expected departure of the 34-year-old, it would leave just Tammy Abraham and Timo Werner as the senior striker options at the club and confirms what has been known for some time that the Blues are in the market for a new frontman this summer.
Youngster Armando Broja has been involved with pre-season training with the main group since Monday and will be given the chance to impress Tuchel having enjoyed a good loan spell away with Vitesse Arnhem last season where he netted 11 times.
Abraham’s future is also uncertain at the club after struggling badly for gametime under Tuchel since the German arrived at the club in January.
The England striker missed out on a place in the Three Lions squad for the European Championships this summer, didn’t make the matchday squad for the Champions League final victory over Manchester City in May and played only 17 minutes in the Premier League between February and the end of the season through injury and non-selection.
Abraham was one of the first players to report back to Cobham for pre-season training last Friday. West Ham and Southampton are believed to be monitoring his situation but were Chelsea to sell, a fee of around £30million would likely be demanded.
Source by Football London