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Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud willing to take ‘significant’ pay cut to secure transfer to Inter Milan this summer

Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud is reportedly willing to take a significant pay cut to join Internazionale this summer.

The France striker’s contract at Stamford Bridge is set to expire at the end of the season and Inter are readying another move after failing to secure a deal for Giroud in January.

Giroud tried to leave Chelsea in January but no transfer materialised
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According to Gazzetta Dello Sport, the 33-year-old is ready to accept a significant hit on his current £135,000-per-week wages in order to join the Serie A giants.

Inter boss Antonio Conte is believed to be on the hunt for a new striker as a back-up for Romelu Lukaku, with red-hot front man Lautaro Martinez likely to leave the San Siro this summer.

And, despite being in the tail-end of his career, 2018 World Cup winner Giroud is confident he can still make a major impact next season.

Nonetheless, in March Giroud insisted he could perform a U-turn and extend his contract at Chelsea after dazzling in the absence of the injured Tammy Abraham.

“Yes, of course,” Giroud told the Evening Standard when asked if he was happy at the club. “There are a few weeks [to go], games to win and maybe another trophy.

“And after I think I have two, three nice seasons in front of me. It’s not the time to talk about contracts. But one more time I will take a decision when it comes.

“It’s behind me. It was a tough month for me. I just spoke with the manager and I believed what he said, that I would get my chance and he has given me my chance.

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“I have tried to give his confidence back on the pitch. I do my job the best that I can and I’m very happy to be back in the team. Of course, my confidence is better. The transfer window is behind me. I’m a Chelsea player, I’m happy here again and that’s the most important thing.”

After hardly playing in the first-half of the season, Giroud established himself in the Chelsea starting XI in February and scored two goals in the four Premier League matches before football was suspended due to coronavirus.


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