Olivier Giroud has less than 48 hours to find himself a better situation than he’s had at Chelsea this season, with quite possibly his Euro 2020 future on the line.
While France head coach Didier Deschamps has continued to select the striker who so instrumental in Les Bleus winning the 2018 World Cup despite not scoring a goal or even getting a single shot on target, not even Deschamps can justify continually selecting a player who’s not playing at all at club level. France are stacked at every position, after all, with many other fantastic options beyond Giroud at center forward as well.
In any case, with the Inter Milan move apparently falling through, Spurs had entered the conversation this week. Deprived of Harry Kane through injury for the foreseeable future, they are almost as desperate for a striker as Giroud is for minutes. But it looks like the 33-year-old will not get a chance to complete the William Gallas Hat Trick and play for the three biggest London teams.
The Independent report this morning that Giroud-to-Spurs is “incredibly unlikely” due to Chelsea’s reluctance to strengthen one of our biggest rivals. Well, no [SHOE], Sherlock. We’re not in the business of selling to Spurs. But sometimes the obvious needs to be pointed.
Spurs are expected to back in for Willian José — apparently a real person, not an amalgamation of Spurs’s worst nightmares — while Giroud has now been linked with Lazio (if Chelsea can secure Mertens or some such).
As ever, this is a fluid situation, so it’ll probably change several more times before the window SLAMS shut tomorrow (Friday) night.