President Ganaye opens up and confirms interest in getting summer Chelsea deal done
Nice president Gauthier Ganaye has said his side could move for Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud during the summer transfer window.
Despite the pending transfer ban that Chelsea are trying to overturn, there is a lot of speculation that a number of first team players are ready to pack their bags and leave Stamford Bridge in the summer, and Giroud is one of those big named players.
The Frenchman moved to Stamford Bridge just over 12 months ago and made an immediate impact on the Chelsea side, as well as a number of first team players. But with Gonzalo Higuaín Maurizio Sarri’s first choice to start ninety per cent of games, Giroud has found game time limited this season.
Giroud spoke out about his frustrations at the club and there has been talk about a possible move back to France, where he played his entire career before making the big money move to Arsenal in 2012.
And Ganaye has put his club’s name among those clubs, though he cautioned that Giroud’s salary could possibly prevent a move.
“He is at the end of his contract, he still performs well at his age,” Ganaye told Telefoot.
“Come on, let’s tell you it’s possible. His salary? Yeah, it’s really expensive.”
Chelsea are facing a huge transfer ban that will not allow Sarri to delve into the transfer kitty to sign a world class striker, and until that is overturned by FIFA, no-one will be leaving the club, maybe except Eden Hazard.
Giroud is a very good back-up striker and gives Sarri a very good option off the bench but he is not a starter and a regular leader of the front-line as he simply cannot find the net on a regular basis, for a consistent amount of time.
He does not want to be second fiddle at Chelsea, and that is understandable, but unless he breaks a habit and breaks that 20-goal a season mark, he will have to play back-up next season too.
Football is a harsh world for footballers, and Giroud is no exceptions so he may need to drop his wages and get a return back to France, as he will never be a regular Premier League starter for Chelsea.