Premier League rivals tried to sign experienced Chelsea man

By | February 14, 2021

Wolves were readying a move for Chelsea centre-forward Olivier Giroud in the January transfer market.

The 34-year-old was heavily linked with a transfer away from Stamford Bridge in January with the likes of West Ham, Inter Milan and Juventus interested, with just over five months left on his existing deal at Chelsea.

According to Mirror, Olivier emerged as a target for Nuno Esperito Santo’s team in January, with the Portuguese’s side short of options in the final third following Raul Jimenez’s horror head injury in the club’s 2-1 victory over Arsenal at the back end of November.

However, a potential move in January for Olivier was ruled out by ESPN, who reported that the French star set to stay at the club, with less than five months left on his current contract at Chelsea.

The ex-Arsenal man has bagged nine goals in 19 games in all competitions for the Blues this term, with three of those coming in the top-flight.

Since leading the attack for Chelsea in Thomas Tuchel’s first match in charge, the 0-0 draw at home to Wolves last month, Giroud has not featured for the west London giants in their wins against Burnley and Tottenham Hotspur.

The Blues appear to be playing with a back three and inverted wing-backs under the former PSG boss, with more dynamic options up top such as Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham and Timo Werner.

However, with it being early days under Thomas, it is quite likely that Olivier will get a chance to lead the line sooner rather than later, with the matches coming thick and fast for the Blues as they aim for a top-four PL finish.