A move away from Stamford Bridge could still be on the cards for Olivier Giroud this summer.
According to Corriere Della Sera (via Sport Witness), Lazio are looking at bringing the Frenchman to Italy in the upcoming transfer window.
The Italians have been interested in him for several months now, and a move looked likely before Giroud surprisingly penned a new deal with the Blues.
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According to the report, the 33-year-old looked set to join the Serie A outfit after agreeing a two-year proposed deal. However, despite committing his future to Chelsea, Lazio remain interested in his services.
Talks of an exit for star striker Ciro Immobile have been circulating and it could see the Italian and Giroud pass each other by. The Rome-based club could be looking for a replacement as their top scorer continues to attract interest from Premier League clubs such as Newcastle (as per Gazzetta dello Sport, via FourFourTwo).
Should Giroud opt to reopen talks with Lazio, it could spell very good news for newest Chelsea addition Timo Werner.
The Blues have been boasting their surprise purchase of RB Leipzig’s top scorer this season. Werner will be joining Frank Lampard’s side next term and news of an outgoing Giroud could be music to his ears.
The Frenchman started in Chelsea’s match against Aston Villa and got himself on the scoresheet by netting his side’s winner. In the absence of Tammy Abraham, Giroud has shown Lampard that he can rely on him to deliver the goods.
If he is to leave the club though, that creates less competition for new arrival Werner. The German could potentially be part of a two-striker partnership with Abraham or will start ahead of the Englishman based off 2019/20 form. With no Giroud in the picture and reports tipping Michy Batshuayi to depart, Werner will comfortably remain in Lampard’s starting lineup each week.
The 24-year-old has scored an astonishing 32 goals in 44 appearances this season (via Transfermarkt), so will almost undoubtedly have a starting spot secured. However, it’s always good to have the peace of mind that there’s little competition against you as first choice.
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