Chelsea and France striker Olivier Giroud has reportedly opened talks with Ligue 1 giants Marseille over a possible move to the club this summer.
This is according to French news outlet RMCSport, who are noting that the clubs’ talks with Mario Balotelli are going at a rather lowly pace, and that because of this, they have turned their attentions to Giroud.
The report also states that Marseille have held talks with Giroud’s agent, and that Chelsea aren’t very keen on letting the World Cup winner depart Stamford Bridge.
Giroud has been a somewhat underrated arrival since he joined the club from London rivals Arsenal in the January transfer window last season.
The forward, who ended up taking Alvaro Morata’s starting place in the Blues’ line-up come the end of the campaign, scored five and assisted three in 18 appearances for the west London side, a decent record when you consider a lot of those appearances saw him come on as a substitute.
Giroud scored key goals during his six months with the club, including one in their 2-0 FA Cup semi final win over Southampton, as well as a brace in their 3-2 comeback victory against the Saints in the league.
Losing Giroud would be a big blow for Chelsea, as he has often proven to be a useful outlet off the bench, something that club would struggle to replace, especially with just a handful of days left in the transfer window.