MN: Trophies, goals and international experience – Chelsea veteran on Milan’s list of targets

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan are concretely considering a move to sign Olivier Giroud on a free transfer ahead of next season, according to a report.

Giroud will turn 35 on 30 September, but MilanNews writes that the Rossoneri management have kept his name in their notebook as he continues to be an excellent striker. He is one of those players who has always been underestimated and undervalued throughout his career, and continues to prove his worth.

He was top scorer with 21 goals in 2011-12 for Montpellier in the season they won Ligue 1. Then he won three Community Shields with Arsenal, 4 FA Cups between Arsenal and Chelsea and a Europa League with the Blues, and of course the 2018 World Cup with France.

This year the Frenchman has been used less but has still appeared in eight Champions League matches with 6 goals (including four in one game), 4 goals in 16 Premier League appearances, plus a goal in two EFL Cup appearances. The average is one goal every 109 minutes played, very respectable numbers for a player who has now accepted a reserve role.

Milan are looking for a deputy Ibra for next season as Giroud fits the mould of being a target man. He is obviously not the only name, but the fact that he is free to leave in June and that his arrival can bring a lot of experience and a winning mentality to a young team like that of the Rossoneri teases the management a lot, like the impact they thought they would get from Mandzukic.

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