Paolo Maldini has confirmed that Olivier Giroud want to exchange Chelsea for AC Milan this week.
Although the Blues opted to grant him a one-year contract extension as recently as last month, the France international has been constantly linked with the Rossoneri .
While Giroud has proven himself in three and a half seasons at Stamford Bridge, scoring vital goals and winning the FA Cup, Europa League and Champions League, he has had to settle for a supporting role for much of it. of this time.
Despite turning 35 in September, Giroud has continued to score in the Premier League and in Europe. He has never been a goal striker per game and has long divided opinions among fans – especially during his five and a half years at Arsenal – but, likewise, he is a much better footballer than some would believe. .
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With Zlatan Ibrahimovic suffering from a knee injury late last season and undergoing surgery earlier in the summer, Milan are looking to add to their options up front. Speaking to DAZN, Maldini, now the club’s technical director, agreed that Giroud’s signing was in fact a done deal.
“Yes, [Giroud] should arrive tomorrow, ”he said. “Olivier is a champion and a new winner of the Champions League.
“He is a very reliable player, which we were looking for because we need experienced players like him. We are the youngest team in Serie A.”
Maldini, who made 902 appearances for the Rossoneri and gained a reputation as one of the best defenders in history during his 25-year playing career, revealed they could sign a younger striker to compete with Giroud and Ibrahimovic. “A young striker could also arrive,” he added.
“The idea is to lay the foundation for the team and then maybe wait until the final stage of the transfer market.”
Milan midfielder Franck Kessie has been linked with Arsenal and Tottenham, among others, but Maldini has suggested he will try to keep the Ivorian international at San Siro. Kessie has entered the final year of his contract and, as it stands, has yet to commit to a new deal.
“He will be part of Milan’s future,” said Maldini. “We are working on its renewal.
After spending much of the last decade in the desert, Milan were title contenders last season under Stefano Pioli, despite finishing second to fierce rivals Inter. However, they have already lost Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma to Paris Saint-Germain and will look to avoid further unwanted starts.
“It’s a big loss for us even though we signed a great goalkeeper [in Mike Maignan], ”Admitted Maldini.
“He grew up in our academy and seeing what he did in Milan, it hurts a bit for the story to be cut short. It’s just to think about the past, but the future is more interesting.”
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