With less than 58 hours to go before the winter transfer window slams shut in England, it would be right to assume that a certain Olivier Giroud is panicking about his future, somewhere in West London. Inter Milan’s transfer stance appears to have completely changed after the arrival of Christian Eriksen with rumors claiming that Conte is happy with his strike-force despite the departure of Matteo Politano and would give more minutes to youngster Sebastiano Esposito. (Or they could just say that they’re broke after the purchase of Christian Eriksen!)
Report - Inter won't sign another striker for two reasons: Conte strongly believes in Esposito and also considers 3-4-2-1 formation with Sensi and Eriksen as trequartisti https://t.co/08R4bDolsZ— FedeNerazzurra (@_FedeNerazzurra) January 29, 2020
And so, once again, for the zillionth time, Giroud’s future has been put in limbo. Or atleast, that was the situation till late last night. Then all of a sudden, we came to know that Tottenham Hotspurs (lol, seriously?) are trying to pry the Frenchman after being unable to negotiate more favorable terms for AC Milan’s Krzysztof Piątek. And as we approach deadline day, the whispers of Olivier Giroud moving to the north side of London are only getting louder as our ex-manager, José Mourinho searches for someone to fill in for Harry Kane during his injury-based absence.
Unlike a certain icon of ours who used to don the magic hat back in the day, Giroud seems to have no particular aversion towards playing for our (as well as Arsenal’s) London rivals. His Euro 2020 future is at stake and he would probably do anything at this point to make the squad. However, that might not be enough to convince Chelsea, who have not done a single bit of business with Spurs in recent times (cue the Batshuayi story from last winter).
If we do happen to block the move, then one of the factors that will play a role in the decision (besides the bad-blood) would be the fact that Chelsea haven’t managed to sign a single striker for the senior team in January. While names like Jović, Piątek, Cavani, Dembélé, Werner have all floated around in the rumor mill, nothing has come to fruition. With Tammy getting injured in the last Premier League match against Arsenal, Lampard would hate to have Batshuayi as the only fit striker at the club, so this selfishness is understandable.
However, with the links to Dries Mertens getting louder, a very interesting situation could develop if the rumors about the Belgian have more substance than smoke. For a club that is used to doing transfer business late, these last hours could provide more activity than the last 28 and a half days combined. Will we sign Mertens? And if we do, will we let Giroud move to Spurs? Find out in the next few (or several) hours as we approach deadline day.