Olivier Giroud’s Chelsea future remains very much unresolved — he wouldn’t mind staying but he sure would mind being stuck being under-performing strikers like Alvaro Morata or Gonzalo Higuain. As with most other transfer business at the club, whatever happens will depend in large part on Chelsea’s transfer ban and the future of the head coach. As long as those remain in limbo, so will most contractual situations.
But even though Giroud’s not been deemed good enough for anything beyond the Europa League, a competition he leads in goals, back home in France, he remains a big name to go after. Lyon, Nice, and Marseille have been rumored, as have Bordeaux.
And it’s the latter who are piping up again, to remind of their interest.
“People who know [Giroud] have said a lot of good about him as a player, of course, but also as a person. He has the attributes that we are looking for, but he is not the only one. No matter who comes, we know that the negotiations will be difficult.”
-Hugo Varela; source: L’Equipe via RMC Sport
Bordeaux are putting the finishing touches on a disappointing campaign, having lost four in a row to just barely avoid a relegation fight in 14th place with three games to go. They have struggled for goals all season, scoring just 33 in 35 games.
While Giroud may yet have a future at Chelsea — the club do have the one-year contract extension option — fellow veteran Gary Cahill has said all his goodbyes and is ready to leave upon expiry of his contract in June.
He had interest from the second tier back in January, but his decision to wait and ignore those may yet pay off. According to the Daily Mail, Premier League annoyers Burnley are “willing” to take a chance on Cahill, especially if they lose fringe England international James Tarkowski to a bigger club.
Burnley and Cahill: sounds like a solid combination!