Nice Could Be Going After Giroud

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Olivier Giroud is not the happiest man at Chelsea right now. When he was signed in January 2018, he was supposed to be their main striker, after departures of Diego Costa and Michy Batshuayi, but last summer things got tough. Maurizio Sarri arrived and during the winter Gonzalo Higuaín did too.

That made everything harder for him. Giroud made just seven Premier League starts this season (18 times he came on as a substitute), but in Europa League he destroyed everything in front of him, scoring 10 goals in 850 minutes of football. Now, Nice could be going after him in the summer.

“It’s tempting of course,” Gilles Grimandi, Nice’s sporting director told l’Equipe. “I know Olivier very well. I was the one who made him come from Montpellier to Arsenal. He offers guarantees in terms of efficiency. We like his profile. But he’s in another planet. He’s unreachable.”

The problem could be his salary, which is too high for what Nice can offer him, but that might not be the Frenchman’s priority.

“He will choose his next destination in regard to a lot of things. Not necessarily dictated by money. It will all depend on how he sets his priorities.”