Sporting the badge already! Olivier Giroud arrives in Italy wearing an AC Milan MASK ahead of his medical as the veteran striker closes in on completing £1m switch from Chelsea, with deal set be finalised TOMORROW
- Olivier Giroud has arrived in Milan ahead of completing £1m move from Chelsea
- The striker is set to sign a two-year deal with AC Milan worth £3m a season
- Giroud was seen wearing a mask with the Milan badge on it as he arrived in Italy
- He’ll have a medical at their training base before deal will be concluded on Friday
Olivier Giroud has touched down in Italy for his AC Milan medical ahead of joining the Serie A giants from Chelsea in a £1million deal.
The France forward was pictured on Thursday afternoon arriving at the Linate airport in Milan after being flown from Grenoble on a private jet.
Giroud, who was seen wearing a mask with the AC Milan badge on it, briefly waved to the cameras and posed for photographs as he stepped outside the airport before being whisked away in a 4×4 BMW by a club associate.
France star Olivier Giroud has arrived in Italy ahead of having his medical with AC Milan
The 34-year-old striker is expected to complete his £1m move from Chelsea on Friday
The striker will undergo his medical at Milan’s training base on Friday before putting pen to paper on two-year contract worth £3million a season.
Reports in Italy claim his deal will include an option for a further deal and expect Giroud to be confirmed as a Milan player on Friday.
The Italian side had Giroud on their radar for some time and had hope to sign him on a free transfer this summer when his contract expired, but Chelsea activated a one-year extension meaning Milan had to trigger his £1million release clause.
Giroud could be seen wearing a mask with the AC Milan badge on it before being whisked away
He waved to the cameras and posed for some quick photos after landing at Linate airport
Milan legend and the club’s current technical director Paulo Maldini confirmed they were in advanced negotiations to sign Giroud earlier this week and described the veteran striker as a ‘champion’.
Giroud, who last season won the Champions League with Chelsea, spent three years at Stamford Bridge, scoring 39 goals in 199 appearances for them.
His move to Italy will see Giroud play football outside of England for the first time since 2012, having spent six prolific years at Arsenal before joining London rivals Chelsea.
The France international is not due to link up with his new Milan team-mates until July 26 because of his participation at Euro 2020, meaning he will miss their first pre-season friendly against Pro Sesto this weekend.
Giroud won Champions League with Chelsea last term and is leaving after three years there