Olivier Giroud was expected to leave Chelsea during the January transfer window.
In the run up to the winter market there were endless claims about a potential move to Inter Milan, with it being claimed Antonio Conte wanted the Frenchman as part of his title chasing squad for the second half of the season.
Then Inter moved to other targets, with Ashley Young and Christian Eriksen being signed from the Premier League. Without any meaningful exits, that sent the Giroud idea to the back of the queue, and other clubs came forward.
Despite interest, from Lazio and Tottenham among others, Giroud ended up staying at Chelsea, with the Blues unable to find a good enough replacement for him.
His fortunes then changed and he was given more chances by Frank Lampard, doing well in those. Still, a summer exit has been thought likely, with the World Cup winner’s contract expiring at the end of June.
Now there’s suggestions he could renew and continue at Chelsea beyond the summer.
Vincenzo Morabito is an Italian agent who was working on trying to get Giroud to Serie A in January, and who is still connected to the player’s file.
Speaking to Calciomercato.it, he’s said: “Giroud was an opportunity in January but now, given that the championships could also be played in June and July, he could decide to stay (renewing the contract) at Chelsea for another year.
“However, everything is still uncertain, given the general situation which, in my opinion, may have cleared up in a few weeks, between the end of April and the beginning of May the picture could be more complete.”