As per a report from French outlet L’Equipe, Olivier Giroud has begun plotting a departure from Chelsea next month.
33-year-old hitman Giroud has been on the books at Stamford Bridge since January of last year.
After Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s arrival at Arsenal pushed the Frenchman further down the attacking pecking order of the Gunners, Chelsea swooped to secure Giroud’s signature on deadline day.
And the veteran has since gone on to rotate in-and-out of the Blues’ starting XI, amid a number of changes in management.
Giroud’s most telling contribution to the Chelsea cause came last season in Europe, when the World Cup winner notched a hugely-impressive 11 goals and 4 assists en route to Europa League glory.
⚽️🥇 2018/19 top scorer…
— UEFA Europa League (@EuropaLeague) May 30, 2019
To this point in the current campaign, though, Giroud has majorly struggled for game-time.
New Pensioners boss Frank Lampard has settled firmly on Tammy Abraham as his first-choice centre-forward, with Michy Batshuayi now also seemingly ahead of Giroud in the attacking pecking order at Stamford Bridge.
This has seen the former Arsenal man notch just 2 starts across all competitions thus far in 2019/20.
Giroud eyeing transfer
As such, rumours of late have inevitably seen Giroud linked with a potential exit from Stamford Bridge.
The likes of Crystal Palace and Lyon have both been named as possible January destinations for the Frenchman, though the latest reports across Europe have named Serie A giants Inter Milan as Giroud’s most probable destination.
And, as per the aforementioned update from L’Equipe in the hitman’s home country of France, Giroud himself is now pushing for an exit from Stamford Bridge.
The veteran is thought to be frustrated with his lack of game-time, ahead of next summer’s European Championships.
As such, he is now actively seeking out a winter transfer.