Crystal Palace are allegedly ‘leading the race’ to sign Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud, according to numerous reports.
With the former World Cup winner struggling for game time under Frank Lampard’s youthful Chelsea side, he will be allowed to leave in January as he tries to secure himself in Didier Deschamps’ Euro 2020 squad next summer.
The Sutton and Croydon Guardian has said that Palace are ‘leading the race’, however, the report also suggests that Ligue 1 clubs and West Ham are interested in the 33-year-old, who wants to add more games to his 94 caps for France.
The signing of £10.8m-rated Giroud would be a huge boost for Palace considering their lack of goals, however, his wage demands and age do provide problems for the club.
Palace have obvious problems in attack. A lack of goals from forwards has been a problem for a while; 10 goals from 11 games is simply not enough for Palace if they want to push on into the top half this season, and Roy Hodgson has made it clear in recent press conferences (Evening Standard) that he wants to bolster his attacking options.
Giroud could provide a short-term solution to their issues and could add both importance to Palace with his hold-up play and with his goal-scoring prowess. His goal record speaks for itself – he is the third-highest goalscorer of all time for France and has 78 goals in 224 appearances in the Premier League, as well as 32 assists.
A stumbling block could be his age and his wage demands, and how Palace would want to purchase the 33-year-old. With the Eagles already paying players such as Christian Benteke £120k per week (according to Spotrac), they can’t really afford to keep ramping up that wage bill – especially on a player that could eventually become deadwood due to his age.
With reports suggesting that he will cost £110k per week in wages, whether Palace should go in for this deal or not probably depends on the length of contract they can get him on.
If they can sign him until the end of next season, it seems like a deal which would be well worth it – that way they have the choice of offering him a new deal beyond that and won’t have to pay so much for him if he is no longer in their plans.
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