Chelsea decided against allowing Olivier Giroud to leave in the winter market because they failed to bring in a replacement.

With a contract expiring in the summer, the France international can leave the Blues as a free agent and has already been linked to several clubs, including Inter Milan, who were credited with an interest in January.

Italian agent Vincenzo Morabito was working on bringing the former Arsenal man to Serie A at the start of the year. He is still handling the 33-year-old’s case.

Four days ago, Morabito told that Giroud could extend his stay at Stamford Bridge beyond this season, but also admitted “everything is still uncertain”.

Calciomeracto now claims Antonio Conte’s side are still in the race to take the World Cup winner on a free transfer. However, the Premier League side want to ‘keep Giroud at all costs’.

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Therefore, Frank Lampard’s side have initiated contract talks because they believe Giroud can be a useful player in the squad.

Chelsea are even ready to make an exception and ‘violate’ the club’s policy of not handing long-term contracts to players over the age of 30.

The website only states Chelsea’s plan, and there’s no details whether or not Giroud has any plans to extend his stay with them.