Inter sporting director Piero Ausilio ‘travels to London to work on transfer deal for Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud’
- Piero Ausilio was spotted watching England’s win over Montenegro at Wembley
- But his main business in the UK is securing signature of Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud
- Inter are reportedly willing to make a January move for the 33-year-old striker
The Italian publication report that the 44-year-old was spotted watching England’s demolition of Montenegro at Wembley on a trip where the focus was securing the Frenchman’s signature.
Christian Eriksen and Jan Vertonghen of Tottenham are also on the radar, with both players’ contracts due to expire next summer.
Olivier Giroud has fallen down the pecking order of attacking options at Stamford Bridge
But former Arsenal man Giroud is said to be the main focus, with Inter reportedly willing to make a January move before the 33-year-old’s contract also expires next summer.
Reports also suggest that Inter are willing to offer the Frenchman an 18-month contract.
But he would need to drop his lofty £6.8million-a-year salary demands.
The Frenchman wants a consistent run of games as he targets a squad place at Euro 2020
The Italian publication report that Piero Ausilio was spotted watching England’s Euros game
He has been a bit part player for Chelsea under Frank Lampard, starting just once in the Premier League before being substituted, against Leicester.
The target man has been involved from the bench just three times, accumulating 120 minutes of domestic football in total.
He will want to change that ahead of next summer’s Euros where he’s eager to be a part of the French set up.
And international manager Didier Deschamps seems to agree, reportedly saying he will ‘need more playing time’.
Inter boss Antonio Conte’s comments also appear to corroborate the transfer rumours, as he told Sport Mediaset last week: ‘We have too limited a squad to face both Serie A and Champions League football this season.
Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte is looking to bolster his attacking options ahead of January
‘I mean limited in terms of numbers and quality.’
The former Montpellier striker made his France debut exactly eight years ago on November 11 and in the time since has become the team’s third highest scorer, just two goals behind Michel Platini and 12 behind Thierry Henry.
He would prove a strong back up to free-scoring Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez at Inter.
The Frenchman has scored 201 career goals in 500 professional appearances.