Chelsea, having missed out on a Champions League berth last term, are facing an uphill task to keep hold of their key resources amid interest from European heavyweights but have regained some stability following the appointment of Maurizio Sarri as Antonio Conte’s successor and the new Stamford Bridge chief has already roped in his former Napoli midfield general Jorginho hijacking a deal from Manchester City.
The Italian is also eyeing a reunion with Gonzalo Higuain, the Argentine centre-forward, who played under him at Napoli before leaving for Juventus. The hunt for a marquee ‘number9’ has jeopardized the future of Alvaro Morata, Michy Batshuayi and winter signing Olivier Giroud who joined from London rivals Arsenal on an 18-month contract but is now linked to a move to Atletico Madrid, the Spanish giants, who are keen on loaning in the French international who has been crowned the World Champion very recently.
Giroud, 31, enjoyed a glittering spell at Arsenal under Arsene Wenger where he notched 105 times in 253 games and has appeared 18 times for the Blues scoring 5 goals since his deadline day switch to Stamford Bridge back in January. The Rojiblancos, on the other hand, are in need of more attacking depth upfront in the aftermath of Fernando Torres’ departure to Japan and also likely to part ways with Kevin Gameiro amid interest from Valencia. They are also linked to a move for Nikola Kalinić, the Croatian international, but are waiting for AC Milan’s approval whether they allow their centre-forward to leave San Siro. Diego Simeone, the Atletico boss, is weighing up alternatives and wants to loan in Giroud with an option to buy.
Chelsea, meanwhile, want an obligation to buy inserted in the deal which might turn out to be stumbling block for the Frenchman to line up alongside his compatriot Antonie Griezmann who recently committed his long-term future at Metropolitano. They also re-signed Diego Costa from Chelsea last year and are raring to challenge for the La Liga glory with more depth, quality, and purpose.