Olivier Giroud was present in Nice yesterday, in the stands of the Allianz Riviera, to applaud his compatriots on the pitch. And he had to tell himself that he was not far from his new life. We are not talking about the probable condition of replacement that awaits him during Euro 2020, but of his future destination. Indeed, it is on the side of Italy that Giroud should continue his career.
As explained this morning The Gazzetta dello Sport, Olivier Giroud has chosen to join AC Milan. Arrived at the end of his contract with Chelsea, after a victory in the Champions League, sorry, the French striker gave his priority to the Milan club. For several sporting reasons in particular. Qualified for the next C1, the Rossonero club will be competitive. He will also have playing time, either as an understudy for Ibrahimovic or as a duet with the Swede.
Chelsea tried to extend it
From a financial point of view, AC Milan will be able to offer him € 4m net per season, an amount very close to what Chelsea offered him with a view to a new contract extension. Finally, it is a two-year contract that awaits him at San Siro, rather interesting for a 34-year-old player. Eager to strengthen in attack while Mandzukic will not be retained, AC Milan is close to touching on goal with Giroud.
The French had other touches, especially in MLS, where New York City FC was announced as a candidate for his arrival. In Spain, Villarreal had checked his name, but it was above all West Ham who could claim the arrival of the striker, very attached to London. While evolving in the English capital since 2012 (Arsenal then Chelsea), Giroud is this time ready to change horizons.