Chelsea chief Marina Granovskaia can pull off a brilliant trick in the transfer window this summer. And it all comes after agreeing a contract extension with Olivier Giroud.
Chelsea are set for a major summer of transfers yet again despite splashing out over £200m last year.
With Thomas Tuchel in charge, the Blues look a formidable foe after winning the Champions League and the club are keen to take that momentum into the Premier League next season.
But to do so, the German has asked for a few extra players to complete his system – with a striker top of the wish list.
The likes of Giroud and Tammy Abraham have been largely ostracised and have been tipped to leave.
Especially the former, whose contract was set to expire in the summer.
But Chelsea have extended Giroud’s deal by another season with Granovskaia looking to work her magic yet again.
With interest still high in the World Cup winner’s services, losing him for nothing would have been a financial blow.
By agreeing a new contract, Chelsea now hold all the cards and are able to sell him on for a fee.
After an announcement was made, Granovskaia said: “Olivier has been such a crucial part of so many big moments for this club, from his contribution to our FA Cup victory in 2018 to scoring 11 goals on the way to winning the Europa League in 2019.
“He has continued to score significant goals, and we will never forget his effort against Atletico Madrid on the way to winning the Champions League this season.
“With so much to still to play for, there was only one decision we could make when we exercised the option to extend his contract back in April.”
A new striker remains the priority, with Romelu Lukaku and Erling Haaland eyed by the Blues going into the transfer window.
That would surely see Giroud earn even less minutes than he is now while several clubs are interested in the France international.
AC Milan are one of the favourites to sign the striker and were in talks prior to his Chelsea deal being extended.
It means the San Siro outfit will have to fork out a fee for his services, while one Blues player looks set to move to the Serie A outfit in the form of Fikayo Tomori.
The £25m clause that will keep the Englishman on a permanent deal will be triggered and the defender has signed a contract until 2026.