Bon Voyage: Chelsea Striker Olivier Giroud Won't Be Short Of High-Profile Suiters
It’s not just the futures of Chelsea’s beleaguered boss Maurizio Sarri and star player Eden Hazard that are up in the air at the moment.
Over in West London Olivier Giroud now appears to be assessing his options after failing to nail down a permanent place in Sarri’s side.
The Frenchman, who signed from Arsenal in January 2018, has been restricted to just six Premier League starts this season, although he’s shown his worth in the Europa League, netting five goals in his last three appearances with the Blues through to the quarter-finals.
"Of course it's frustrating," Giroud told French radio station, via Sky Sports News.
"Today, I have the impression there is clearly no competition [for places in attack] since January.
"It's like that, I know that I will only play in the Europa League. I try to do what it takes to be as effective and as important as I can for the team."
Giroud only has a few months left on his contract so a summer departure appears increasingly likely.
But where would he go?
They’d be no shortage of options that’s for sure.
Giroud has previously been linked with Everton who have been void of a traditional striker since Romelu Lukaku left for Man Utd in 2017. He actually came close to a move to Goodison Park that same very summer in the days of Ronald Koeman, but in the end backtracked and stayed at Arsenal before departing for London rivals Chelsea the following transfer window.
Marco Silva’s debut season at the Toffees has been up and down but the capture of a proven and experienced goalscorer could finally propel the club to the next level. A partnership with Richarlison could be prosperous.
“I’m not afraid to go down a level to have more playing time,” revealed Giroud.
With that in mind Southampton would no doubt jump at the chance to snap up the World Cup winner, as would Watford and Newcastle to name a couple, although rumours are swirling that he’s got his sights set on a return to his homeland.
"They are a club with very good youngsters, very good players,” said Giroud, reported by Get French Football News.
“I want to become important again, to have the faith of the manager in me."
The 32-year-old hasn’t played in France for nine years but a move to Lyon could complement last summer’s signing of Moussa Dembele from Celtic, although he will probably have to take a pay cut should he be interested in plying his trade in Ligue 1 next season.
As always, a move to the Chinese Super League has to be mentioned, providing he’s not playing second fiddle. This would swell Giroud's bank account considerably, although you get the feeling he wants to remain in Europe's top-five leagues for a couple of years at least.