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Chelsea star won’t rule out Barcelona transfer

Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has responded to transfer rumours linking him with Barcelona and would not rule out a move to the Nou Camp if the offer came along.

The France international was recently linked as a surprise Barca target by Sport, though it remains to be seen if a signing up front will still be a priority for them following the January arrival of Kevin-Prince Boateng.

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Barcelona would be a tough club for any player to turn down, and it seems Giroud would be open to such a move after his lack of playing time at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea have tended to use Eden Hazard up front this season, and have also signed Gonzalo Higuain this January.

With Giroud nearing the end of his Blues contract, it’s little surprise he seems to be thinking about a potential move away, and he failed to rule out the prospect of joining Barcelona.

‘My agent deals with that. If they (Barcelona) need a striker, we will see, we will look at opportunities whether it is there or elsewhere,’ Giroud told Canal Plus, as translated by the Metro.

‘What is sure is that if the club is looking for another striker like Higuain then my future at Chelsea darkens. Being practically free in June, we will see what the best decision to take is.’

After not even being first choice for much of his time at Arsenal, it would be a very strange career trajectory for Giroud to work his way up to Chelsea and then Barcelona at 32 years of age.

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