By Bulaun Precious Gift
Olivier Giroud is about to complete his move to an Italian club, AC Milan.
The Serie A club will pay Chelsea the sum of €1m (£855,000) for Olivier Giroud. The France international striker signed one-year extension at Stamford Bridge last summer after his initial contract expired but took up the option to extend it by a year in June
He is currently undergoing a medical with AC Milan before signing a two-year deal with the club. The France striker arrived at Milan’s La Madonnina clinic at about 7am on Friday morning to finalise his move from Chelsea.
The agreed fee for Giroud is understood to be around €1m (£855,000), with an extra €1m (£855,000) in bonuses based on the number of appearances and qualification for the Champions League.
Arsenal signed Giroud from a France club, Montpellier for £10.8m and later sold him to Chelsea for £18m in January 2018, six years after
The France international striker scored 39 goals in 119 appearances during his time at Stamford Bridge, winning three major trophies, including the Champions League title in May.
Giroud was among the team that won the world cup with France back in 2018 and was also involved in France’s disappointing Euro 2020 campaign as they were knocked out by Switzerland on penalties at the round-of-16 stage following a 3-3 draw after extra-time.
AC Milan have already signed Fikayo Tomori from Chelsea this summer, as they activated their £25m option to buy the young defender following a successful six-month loan spell, and are interested in Hakim Ziyech and Tiemoue Bakayoko.
The Italian club finished second in Serie A last season, securing a return to the Champions League following a seven-year absence.