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Giroud not closing Inter Milan door despite January shenanigans — report

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The Conte charm is real!

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Despite Olivier Giroud’s heroics against Tottenham, it’s almost a certainty that he will be leaving the club at the end of the season. Of course, it was also a near-certainty that he was leaving in January, and reportedly had even agreed personal terms with at least one, if not two teams in Serie A, and that still didn’t happen.

One of those teams was Inter Milan, who were the frontrunners for his signature for most the winter transfer window, stringing him along for most of the month before pulling the plug. (Lazio were the other, while Spurs, ironically, also made a late play).

But all that is water under the bridge. According to a report this weekend from Fabrizio Romano (for Calciomercato), the 33-year-old center forward would be willing to consider Inter once again in the smmer.

This bit of transfer business should be much easier to conduct during the summer, and not just because Giroud will be a free agent. One of the biggest reasons Giroud’s move was held up was because of additional considerations at both Inter (who wanted to free up space first) and Chelsea (who didn’t want to let him leave without a replacement). Those types of considerations are, in theory, a lot easier to deal with in the summer, especially with a longer transfer window once again.

But until then, Giroud’s talents remain in the SW6. If the match against Tottenham is an indicator, he still has plenty to give Chelsea this season (which should help his France prospects for Euro 2020 as well).