Chelsea Head coach Maurizio Sarri has revealed that they have already exercised an option to keep Olivier Giroud at Stamford Bridge for one more year.
Frenchman has officially less than three months left on his current deal, and there have been suggestions that the world-cup winning forward would prefer to find first-team football elsewhere.
However, Italian head-coach has said that the West London club have made the decision to extend the World Cup winner’s current deal for another year.
The Italian told Sky Sports News: “He is sure, because the club has an option for another year, another season.
“I spoke to the club two days ago and we agreed to exercise the option, So he will remain.”
Giroud has managed to found back of the net 10 tunes and three assists in 11 Europa League games, however, just seven starts have come in the English top-tier.
Meanwhile, Alvaro Morata is reportedly against making a return to Stamford Bridge after his loan move to Atletico Madrid during the January transfer window, while on loan forward Gonzalo Higuain is likely to make a return to Juventus after the season ends as he has failed to impress at Stamford Bridge.
Since Higuain’s move at Chelsea, this summer e has managed to found back of the net 3 times in the 10 Premier League games and Maurizio Sarri has been disappointed with the performance of former Napoli star.
Serie A giants AC Milan have reportedly targeted Chelsea full-back Emerson Palmieri and have already held talks with the agent of Brazilian defender.
The 24-year-old pacy defender has recently ousted Marcos Alonso as Maurizio Sarri’s’ regular left-back, starting each of their last three games in the English top-tier.
Brazilian full-back could be heading for the Stamford Bridge exit, however, as Calciomercato reported that his agent met with Rossoneri chiefs earlier this week to discuss a switch to Italian giants.
AC Milan are prepared to spend money this summer to restructure their squad and a £22m bid has been prepared for Palmieri.
However, the Blues are expected to knock back the offer if they fail to sign a player following their two-window transfer ban that will prevent them from lure replacement.
Meanwhile, Chelsea are interested in the signing of Hakim Ziyech from Dutch giants, Ajax this summer, according to the GGFN reports.
The West London club are believed to be among a host of the team from across the Europe who have expressed their admiration of 26-year-old attacking midfielder, who is enjoying yet another impressive season in the Eredivisie.
From 25 appearances for Ajax, Ziyech has score 15 goals. He has also chipped in with a further 15 assists in the process.
The Blues could be on the lookout for added creativity in their starting XI during the upcoming transfer window, with Eden Hazard’s future at the club under scrutiny as the Los Blancos continue to eye a deal.
25-goals in 41-games forward agreed on permanent deal to Bundesliga club amid Chelsea transfer links
Chelsea long-term target Luka Jovic has officially signed for German club Eintracht Frankfurt on a permanent deal.
Jovic has been on loan to Bundesliga club from Portuguese giants Benfica since the start of the 2017/18 campaign and the German outfit have now exercised their option to make his move permanent at Commerzbank-Arena.
OFFICIAL: Eintracht Frankfurt have signed Luka Jovic from Benfica, activating the purchase option in his loan deal. He has signed a contract with Frankfurt until 2023. He’s hugely in demand so could make them a huge profit, but they’re eager to keep him. #SGE pic.twitter.com/CyJbtsh2v8
— Ronan Murphy (@swearimnotpaul) April 17, 2019
The talented forward has been rumoured with a host of top teams in Europe, including Chelsea, and a summer move for the centre-forward has not been ruled out this summer.
Frankfurt, of course, would like to keep Serbian forward after signing him permanently, however, could be tempted to make a substantial profit on the transfer of 21-year-old forward this summer.
He has been in terrific form in the Bundesliga this campaign, with 17 goals has been on his name and five assists – along with 8 goals in 11 Europa League games for the club thus far.
Meanwhile, Spain international forward Alvaro Morata has indicated he has no intentions of making a return to Chelsea in the summer.
The 26-year-old forward has failed to impress at Stamford Bridge when he has made a switch to Chelsea from Real Madrid back in 2017.
Morata has found back of the net 24 times in 72 appearences for the West London club, however, never really became a fan favourite following his inconsistency.
The Spanish international forward has joined Diego Simeone’s side during the January transfer window on an 18-month loan spell at Wanda Metropolitano