With numerous rumours that Chelsea are after a striker, Olivier Giroud’s time at Chelsea appears to be done.

While the Frenchman has come back from the dead more times than we can remember, coming up with the goods despite being written off, this summer feels a bit different.

There has been no contract extension, and Thomas Tuchel appears to favour a different style of striker going forward, meaning a free transfer for the France international is on the cards.

Multiple clubs will be interested, and Milan are one of them, according to a few reports in Italy.

The first we saw came from TuttoMercatoWeb on Tuesday evening, stating the Chelsea striker had become a ‘target’ for them and insinuated he ‘could wear’ their shirt next year.

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It wasn’t much to go on, but Gazzetta dello Sport back it up on Wednesday, claiming there is ‘substantial consideration’ from within the Italian club for Giroud.

It’s made clear the player ‘so dear to Didier Deschamps has decided to pack up when his contract expires’ and is asking ‘for a salary of around €5m for at least two years’.

Those demands ‘don’t appear particularly burdensome’ for Milan with the Italian tax break, and with Mario Mandzukić more than likely leaving San Siro, a striker of Giroud’s ilk is ‘indispensable’ to Stefano Pioli.

While there might be other targets, the Chelsea man ‘appears on the podium of favourites’, but there is also a need to wait and see what the player will want from his next contract, as regular football could be hard to fully come by.