The Blues are desperate for a striker and the 31-year-old is keen to leave Arsenal for his World Cup place. While the Gunners were initially thought to value Giroud at £35m, terms of £15m were agreed between the two clubs, with further sums due in bonuses.
All well and good, particularly for Arsenal who are set to land Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 28, from Dortmund. As with Arsenal selling Giroud, the deal to sign the Gabon international depends on a replacement being signed.
Until yesterday, Giroud was part of this deal with talks ongoing over a move to the Bundesliga. Chelsea moved in and appeared to steal their man from under the Germans noses.
Not a problem as the Blues 24-year-old Belgium international Michy Batshuyai is on Dortmund’s hitlist as well. It seemed the triangle would be completed and everyone would be happy.
Bizarrely, Chelsea tried to blow the move into thin air as they started negotiating a swap deal with Tottenham, sending 30-year-old Paco Llorente in the opposite direction. No Batshuyai, no Aubameyang; no Aubameyang, no Giroud; and the swap talks broke down…
Chelsea is a club which seems not to know whether it is coming or it is going.
Confused? You will be…