Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud agrees terms with Inter Milan

Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud
Image: Olivier Giroud has agreed terms with Inter Milan

Inter Milan officials have held talks with Olivier Giroud's agents and agreed terms for a January transfer, Sky in Italy are reporting.

The France striker, whose Blues deal expires in the summer, has agreed a two-and-a-half-year contract to join the Italian side.

However, Inter have yet to agree a deal with Chelsea, who are asking for between £6.8m (€8m) and £8.5m (€10m).

Inter do not want to spend more than £4.3m (€5m) and Giroud has other offers on the table, including one from Lyon, but he is keen to move to Inter.

However, Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard insists Giroud's departure is not a foregone conclusion, saying: "With Oli the situation is if it's right for everybody - and first and foremost that's the club because he's under contract - then we'll look at whether he can leave.

"He's been a great professional here and trained brilliantly even without getting the opportunities. I hold him in high regard but I still have to make a decision for the club and nothing's done yet.

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Olivier Giroud's departure from Chelsea to Inter Milan has not yet been agreed, says Blues boss Frank Lampard

"Everyone's talking about it so I'm not going to beat around the bush; I think his agent has spoken to the club. But until we decide it's the right thing then it's not done."

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Giroud has not featured for Chelsea since the end of November, with Tammy Abraham the clear No 1 striker at Stamford Bridge since the arrival of Lampard.

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The 33-year-old has scored 19 goals since joining Chelsea in January 2018, although only five have come in the league where the majority of his appearances have been as a substitute.

He has only made five Premier League appearances this season, with four of his five goals for the campaign coming while on international duty and the fifth in the European Super Cup against Liverpool.

Olivier Giroud wants to reunite with Antonio Conte
Image: Olivier Giroud wants to reunite with Antonio Conte

A move to Inter would reunite Giroud with Antonio Conte, who initially signed him for Chelsea after his five-and-a-half season spell with London rivals Arsenal.

Aston Villa have also made an approach to Chelsea to take Giroud on loan for the rest of the season, but Giroud's preference is to link up with Conte rather than join a relegation battle with Villa in the Premier League.

Competition rules dictate that only one loan is allowed between the same two Premier League clubs, and with the Giroud deal looking unlikely, Villa opted for midfielder Danny Drinkwater instead.

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