Former Arsenal forward and fan favourite, Olivier Giroud, has reportedly been offered a pre-contract by Lazio ahead of a free move in the summer.

Chelsea's French striker Olivier Giroud gestures during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and West Ham United at Stamford Bridge in London on November 30, 2019.
Chelsea’s French striker Olivier Giroud gestures during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and West Ham United at Stamford Bridge in London on November 30, 2019. (Photo by BEN STANSALL/AFP via Getty Images)

Olivier Giroud wanted to leave Chelsea in January due to his lack of playing time and the upcoming Euros, however Frank Lampard was unable to find a suitable replacement and the Frenchman as not allowed to leave.

Now 33, Giroud has played just 191 Premier League minutes this season with no goals or assists. Across all competitions he has one goal in 282 minutes.

His contract expires in the summer and Chelsea will not be renewing it, leaving Giroud free to agree a deal with another side outside England.

It is being claimed he has an offer on the table from Lazio.

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