Italian champions Juventus have shown interest in Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud, according to Sky Sports. The 34-year-old has dropped down the pecking order in West London since the arrival of Timo Werner from RB Leipzig in the summer, with a move away likely to bolster his chances of making the France squad for Euro 2020.
Chelsea and France Forward Olivier Giroud Targeted by Juventus
Italian Champions in Search of a Forward
The Turin club – who are in search of their tenth successive Serie A title – have given themselves a difficult 2021 and are currently ten points below AC Milan in pole position. A common theme for the 36-time domestic champions is their inability to turn a draw into three points. Juventus have recorded six draws this season with no other side picking up more.
The Old Lady have also scored the least amount of goals in the top five in the division, further highlighting their need for an additional forward. The Frenchman is part of a number of forwards that Juventus are interested in, with Napoli duo Arkadiusz Milik and Fernando Llorente also ranking high on the club’s wish-list.
Chelsea Will Be Reluctant to Let Giroud Go
Despite entering the final few months of his contract at Stamford Bridge, the Blues will not want to see the back of Olivier Giroud. The 34-year-old finished 2020 as Chelsea’s top scorer, netting eight goals in his last eight appearances. However, appearances have been hard to come by for Giroud, with Chelsea opting to use struggling summer signing Werner and Tammy Abraham ahead of the ex-Arsenal striker.
The Frenchman found himself in a similar situation during the summer transfer window, but ultimately, remained a Blue. With increased speculation this January and given the stature of Juventus, it may be increasingly difficult for the West London club to keep hold of their man.