Since playing a key role in Chelsea’s late season push to finish in the top four, Olivier Giroud has returned to being practically an afterthought in the squad’s pecking order at striker, with just four appearances (one start) so far this season. This is almost exactly the same situation as he was in this time last year, when he made just seven appearances altogether before January (three starts).
Unsurprisingly, the same stories as last year are starting to crop up in the rumor mill as well, with Inter Milan once again linked.
Corriere dello Sport (via Sempre Inter) claim that Giroud “could be” an option for January reinforcements, with Antonio Conte likely to be pushing for his usual suspects. The early table in the Serie A is a bit of a mess — just as in the Premier League — which might be ripe for a title push from the Nerazzuri, and we all know how useful Giroud can be in such situations.
The 34-year-old signed a one-year contract extension last summer, vowing to fight for his place even amid big-money reinforcements such as Timo Werner. But with the (postponed) Euros once again looming, Giroud will undoubtedly want to be collecting minutes at club level so that he can remain in the France squad. That looks unlikely at Chelsea (again), and this time, he might not be so willing to stay around in January. Whether Inter or some other team, a move surely beckons as things stand.