The official confirmation has arrived, Olivier Giroud is the new player of Milan. The 34-year-old striker left Chelsea and initialed a two-year contract with the Rossoneri, worth 3,500,000 euros per season (plus bonuses).
Chelsea earned 1,000,000 euros in compensation, and they could get that much more in the name of bonuses. The Frenchman will wear the number nine jersey at the new club. Last season, the club from San Siro became interested in the former football player of Montpellier and Arsenal, who fell into the background at Stamford Bridge, since the German national team player Timo Werner arrived in London.
Frank Lampard used him as a joker, even before he had a former Leipzig football player at his disposal, and with the arrival of Thomas Tuchel, the role of the French national team player was further reduced. However, despite the fact that it became clear that the experienced center forward was being taken more seriously at Bridge, Chelsea used the option to extend his contract with Giroud, so only a few months ago, the expiration of his cooperation with the English club was postponed to summer 2022.
The Rossoneri hoped that they could move him to their ranks as a free agent, but Chelsea ruined their plan.
However, Milan remained persistent, and in the end he found a common language with the management of the club from the Premier League, which agreed to part with the Giroud for a symbolic figure after two and a half years.
The club from San Siro eventually set aside 1,000,000 euros for his services, and depending on whether Pioli's team will qualify for the Champions League and how much the 34-year-old Frenchman will contribute to achieving that goal, Blues could earn another 1,000,000 euros.
Olivier Giroud started his career 16 years ago in the Grenoble jersey, three years later he moved to Tours, and in 2010 he signed for Montpellier. He managed to make a great decision, so he became the champion of France and was one of the most deserving for the historical success of the club, which recommended him to Arsene Wenger, who moved him to Arsenal in 2012 for 12,400,000 euros.
He spent six and a half years in north London, then moved to the neighborhood, and for the next two and a half years he played for Chelsea. In addition to the title in League 1, he also has three trophies in the FA Cup with Arsenal, one with Chelsea, and only a few months ago he managed to win the Champions League with the Blues, with whom he won the Europa League in the first season at Bridge.
He made 110 appearances for the French national team, and with 46 goals scored, he is the second best scorer in the history of Tricolor.