Besiktas make Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud their No 1 transfer target…and could snare the Frenchman for free at the end of the season
- Turkish side Besiktas are interested in signing Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud
- Besiktas are in the market for a new forward after Alvaro Negredo’s departure
- Giroud, who joined Chelsea from Arsenal in January, is believed to top their list
- The French World Cup winner’s contract runs out at the end of the season
Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud is on the radar of Turkish club Besiktas as his contract ticks down at Stamford Bridge.
A January signing from London rivals Arsenal, Giroud’s current 18-month deal at Stamford Bridge runs out at the end of this season.
His status as a potential free agent next summer has reportedly attracted the attention of Super Lig side Besiktas, who are in the market for a forward.
Turkish side Besiktas are interested in signing Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud (right)
Giroud is believed to be a key striking target for the Besiktas board who want to sign a forward
Earlier this month, Alvaro Negredo left for UAE Pro-League team Al-Nasr, while Besiktas also lost fan favourite Cenk Tosun to Everton in January.
And Goal Turkey claim that Giroud has been identified as their No 1 striking target, with club representatives keen to open talks with the 31-year-old.
Besiktas vice president Serdal Adali is believed to have been tasked with recruiting Giroud either in January or next summer.
Despite winning the World Cup with France in Russia, Giroud is yet to nail down a regular starting berth at Chelsea, competing with big-money signing Alvaro Morata for the lone striking role in Maurizio Sarri’s favoured 4-3-3 formation.
He is also still to score in the Premier League this season but has already assisted three goals for his team-mates, attracting plaudits for his selfless performances.
Giroud and Chelsea will look to continue their 100 per cent start to the campaign when they face West Ham on Sunday.
The French World Cup winner could be available for a free at the end of the season