Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud is to sign a contract extension keeping him at the club until 2021.
The French striker has interest from Lazio and Inter Milan but the extension will mean Chelsea can still command a fee for the 33-year-old.
Chelsea retain an interest in Napoli striker Dries Mertens. Frank Lampard saw a bid for the 32-year-old fail in January and the Belgian has yet to agree a new terms with his contract running out in June.
Olivier Giroud is set to sign a contract extension at Chelsea keeping him there until 2021
Chelsea hope to get a transfer fee for the striker, amid interest from Inter Milan and Lazio
Giroud was set to become a free agent at the end of the season, and had only remained at the west London club in January after attempted moves away collapsed.
Giroud’s deal was set to run out on June 30, but Chelsea have moved to protect their player’s value with clubs remaining uncertain over how the current pandemic will impact the market.
Chelsea ultimately failed to sanction a move amidst interest from Inter and Lazio after failing to recruit a replacement.
The French striker was set to become a free agent when his contract ran out on June 30
The veteran international initially struggled to break into Frank Lampard’s first-team plans this season, with Tammy Abraham favoured to lead the line instead.
But after the young striker suffered an ankle injury against Arsenal in January, Giroud was afforded opportunities to impress and netted crucial goals against Tottenham and Everton.
Giroud has made just nine starts in total this season, scoring three goals.