As one drops out, another one emerges, and the Olivier Giroud party goes on.
Inter Milan dropped out, Lazio emerged. Spurs were booted out, and now Newcastle are hoping to catch a glimpse.
According to local news from the Chronicle, Newcastle boss Steve Bruce is “carefully monitoring” the situation, and has apparently been doing so since the start of the month. He’s “conceded defeat” along the way, but has seen hope return with the heel-turn from Inter Milan.
The Chronicle believe that Giroud would be available for as little as £3m, and not even as a transfer but just as a loan, even though his Chelsea contract would then also expire at the same time in the summer. But, desperate times (especially for Giroud himself) call for desperate measures, and with Giroud looking more than surplus to requirements at Chelsea, any money we can get for him at this point is probably a positive.
Newcastle have had trouble scoring all season, with only three teams worse off in the league in terms of goals scored than their 24 in 24. They’ve had 1 league goal all season from their strikers (meanwhile Shelvey has 5 and no one else has more than 2), so presumably Giroud would have a good chance to impress at Nouveau Chateau.
36 hours to go.