Once Olivier Giroud discovered that a move to AC Milan was a realistic possibility, it made his decision very straightforward.
Today’s edition of Tuttosport (via PianetaMilan) explains how Giroud’s will has always been clear, as the striker strongly wanted to play in Serie A with Milan as soon as he knew that he had the chance to do so.
The paper provides a background on how the move came about, starting on 4 June when Chelsea extended the player’s contract by one year, given they had the opportunity to do so. Everyone thought that the Giroud-Milan soap opera could be over, given that the Rossoneri did not want to pay money, but the talks never stopped.
Chelsea transfer chief Marina Granovskaia promised to the player that he would be allowed to leave the Blues in the summer to go to a team abroad, and that is why Milan were able to sign him for a small compensation fee of €1m.
The Frenchman has been close to joining Serie A several times in recent seasons. There was talk of Lazio a couple of years ago, before links to Inter at the beginning of last season, but finally his desire was accepted by Paolo Maldini and Ricky Massara who brought him to Milan. The 34-year-old was also followed by English clubs such as West Ham and Spurs, but he made it known that Milan were his dream.