According to Transfer Oracle Di Marzio, Chelsea have exercised a one-year club option on Olivier Giroud’s contract to extend it through 2021.
While this is not seen as an end to the transfer rumors that have linked the veteran striker with various teams in Italy, including Inter Milan and Lazio, it does mean that they will have to pay a transfer fee in order to sign him.
The bigger problem with this story is that this contract option has come out of nowhere. It has not been mentioned in any of the countless stories about Giroud’s future over the past 6-9 months. Not when he was ready to leave in January, not when he said he was open to staying a month later, not when Chelsea reportedly opened negotiations over a new contract a month after that.
Now there’s suddenly a contract option for another year? Surprise!
But hey, maybe Di Marzio is correct. In which case, great!
(Chelsea did have a confirmed club option on Giroud’s contract last season, which was picked up. It’s quite unlikely to have a deal structured with TWO one-year club options — though it’s all guesswork since we’re not privy to the details of Giroud’s current or prior contracts. An option could’ve been added last summer, for example, without anyone sniffing it out.)