The transfer market tends to go crazy in the winter so it’s impossible to tell what’s good value any more. Mostly it just comes down to what a club is willing to pay, but the selling club needs some leverage in the discussions to demand a decent fee.
Unfortunately for the Blues, they were already in a weak position when it came to selling Oliver Giroud this month, but things have just got a bit worse.
A report from The Guardian via The Metro has recommended that Olivier Giroud has already agreed to join Inter Milan in the Summer. He’s out of the deal, so he’s able to accept a pre-contract agreement with European teams right now, so it appears clear that he plans to leave.
When you also consider that he’s 33-year-old and only has 191 minutes of Premier League action under his belt this campaign, it’s pretty evident that Chelsea don’t have any long or short term need for him.
You would think that it would make sense for everyone to let him go now. Olivier Giroud could do with some minutes to build up his fitness for Euro 2020, Inter Milan would get their player now and the Blues could get his wages off the books and use that on a more prolific player.
Notwithstanding that, The Metro report suggests the clubs are still apart on their valuations. The Blues want €10m to let him go now, While Inter Milan are only prepared to pay €4m.
There’s no sign of a breakthrough at this point and it’s not clear which side is more likely to give in, but it does seem like Chelsea should just get what they can and move on.