AC Milan are close to finally being able to announce the signing of Olivier Giroud from Chelsea on a two-year deal, a report claims.
This morning’s edition of La Gazzetta dello Sport (via MilanNews) writes that very little is missing and then finally Giroud will be a Milan player. The Rossoneri wanted to sign him on a free transfer but to speed up the operation they will pay a small compensation fee to convince the Blues to let him go.
Chelsea had initially asked for €5m and then dropped that request to €3m after exercising a one-year extension option they had. Milan have offered €1m and it is likely that an agreement will be found halfway. Giroud is waiting for the green light to land in Milan, something that could happen as early as Monday when he may arrive for his medical.
Giroud has always been the first choice attacking reinforcement for Milan and he will sign a two-year deal worth €3m net per season plus bonuses with the possibility of an extension until 2024.
Meanwhile, Ekrem Konur writes that Giroud turned down offers from Lazio and Inter to keep his promise to Frederic Massara, Milan’s sporting director, and will sign after undergoing medical checks on July 12 or 13.