Chelsea Round-Up: Done Deal, World-Class No.9 on Radar, Battle For La Liga No.7

By | July 22, 2021

Done Deal: Chelsea 6 ft 5 forward completes transfer to Serie A

French forward Olivier Giroud has joined AC Milan on a permanent transfer from Chelsea.

The World Cup-winner teased the AC Milan move on Friday by revealing he would be embarking on “a new journey with a light and happy heart”.

And France international forward’s arrival was confirmed by the Italian giants on Saturday.

A statement on their official website read: “AC Milan is delighted to announce the signing of Olivier Jonathan Giroud on a permanent transfer from Chelsea FC. The French striker will be wearing the number nine jersey.”

The 34-year-old Frenchman has spent three-and-a-half years with the Blues following a deadline-day transfer from London rivals Arsenal in January 2018.

His remain in west London saw him win the FA Cup, Champions League and Europa League playing 119 games and founding back of the net 39 times.

“To all the Blues, to my team-mates, to all my coaches, to the whole club, a huge thank you for these special moments,” Giroud posted on twitter.

“I’m starting a new journey with a light and happy heart.

“Our victories in the FA Cup, Europa League and Champions League have been magnificent.”

He has moved to Chelsea after five-and-a-half years at the Emirates Stadium, where he scored 105 goals in 253 appearences, winning three FA Cups.

Chelsea eyeing £50m offer for prolific Bundesliga forward

Chelsea are reportedly considering a £50m move for Bayern Munich’s centre-forward Robert Lewandowski, having admitted defeat in their pursuit of Dortmund striker Erling Braut Haaland.

The West London giants are believed to have been in contact with Borussia Dortmund over a possible contract for Haaland, however, it seems likely that the Norwegian will stay at BVB for one more season.

Thomas Tuchel’s team are believed to be desperate to secure the services of a new centre-forward this summer, and according to The Sun, the London giants are now lining up a move for Poland international forward, Lewandowski.

The report suggests that the UCL winners are preparing a £50m offer for the Poland international, who has also recently been rumoured with a move to Manchester City.

Lewandowski has found back of the net 294 times in 329 games for Bayern in all competitions and still has two years left to run on his current deal at the Allianz Arena.

However, the 32-year-old is believed to be open to the idea of playing in the Premier League before the end of his career, and the Blues have the resources to tempt him into a move.

Bayern head coach Julian Nagelsmann recently revealed that there is interest in the experienced forward during this summer’s transfer window.

Chelsea on alert: Agent of World-Class No.7 forward in talks with Premier League teams

The agent of Barcelona forward  Antoine Griezmann has reportedly held talks with Premier League clubs amid rumours surrounding the Frenchman’s next career move.

With the Blaugrana under immense pressure to offload some of their big earners in the current transfer window, French forward is believed to be one of several established names on their way out from the Catalan giants.

Atletico Madrid have been heavily linked with a move for their ex-attacker as part of a swap deal which would see Saul Niguez head in the opposite direction, however, there is not believed to be any agreement over such a proposal.

The Blues have been tipped to bring in 30-year-old forward on loan if they cannot strike a deal for Erling Braut Haaland, and according to 90Min, Griezmann’s agent has been in contact with two English clubs.

The report adds that Paris Saint-Germain, Liverpool, Man City and Bayern Munich have all registered their interest, but Atletico still stay at the head of the queue.

Barcelona are supposedly reluctant to let Griezmann join a direct La Liga rival after Luis Suarez propelled Atletico to the league title last season, however, the Blaugrana may be forced to accept such a proposal if it means raising enough funds to keep Lionel Messi at the club.

The 30-year-old forward has largely struggled to become a consistent goalscoring threat for La Liga giants Barcelona, however, he amassed an impressive tally of 20 goals and 13 assists from 51 appearances in all competitions last term.