Chelsea are reportedly considering a bid for Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud in January, with manager Antonio Conte having approached him during the FIFA awards in the week.
According to Don Balon, Conte was at the FIFA awards due to his nomination for Best Coach, and used the opportunity to speak with Giroud who won the Puskas award for his ‘scorpion kick’ goal against Crystal Palace.
The reports states that injury to Alvaro Morata would give Chelsea a real headache in attack given Michy Batshuayi’s struggle for regular playing time. The Belgian international has scored seven goals in 11 appearances this season but still can’t convince Conte of a regular starting place.
As a result, Giroud could be the answer to their problems and could be convinced to make the switch given he’s behind Alexandre Lacazette in the striker pecking order at Arsenal. The French international has scored just three goals in 14 appearances this season and has been limited to starts in the Europa League and Carabao Cup.
He admitted he nearly joined Everton in the summer, as a result of playing second fiddle to Alexis Sanchez the previous season, and may well be open to a move if playing time in the Premier League continues to allude him. It’s unknown how much Arsenal would want for Giroud if they considered selling him, but movement could be made in the coming months.