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Olivier Giroud free transfer to Inter Milan ‘practically done’ — reports

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Made up his mind?

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Olivier Giroud’s mind is made up, claim the latest reports out of Italy, including Tuttosport. He’s apparently “committed” to Inter Milan, having agreed personal terms over a two-year contract with an option for a third. If true, that’s quite a coup for a striker who will be 34 by the time the new season kicks off.

Of course, Giroud had already agreed terms with Inter once (and maybe Lazio as well) during the January transfer window, and nothing actually came of it, so this is hardly a guarantee of anything happening now, especially given all the uncertainties from the COVID-19 pandemic — though this time around Giroud will be out of contract as well, which was not the case in the winter.

Recent reports suggested that Chelsea could be looking to renew the veteran striker as well, though we’re unlikely to have offered him anything more than a single-season extension as per standard club policy. A reunion with Antonio Conte at Inter, who brought him to Chelsea in the first place, and with a much longer contract, would not be a bad choice.

And no, unfortunately this doesn’t seem to have anything to do with Lautaro Martinez.