Inter Milan have joined the crowded race for Chelsea striker

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Inter Milan are reportedly ahead of Premier League pair Newcastle United and Aston Villa in the race to seal the transfer of Chelsea forward Olivier Giroud.

The France international striker has struggled for playing time at Stamford Bridge this campaign, with new manager Frank Lampard making youngster Tammy Abraham his first option upfront.

As an occasional option, Michy Batshuayi has also had some chances to get into the Blues team, but such opportunities have been minimal for Olivier Giroud.

It could now be that the 33-year-old forward will be on his way out of west London this January, and the Telegraph state that Inter Milan currently see his most likely next destination.

The Italian giants are coached by ex-Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte, who signed Olivier Giroud from Arsenal while he was still in charge at CFC.

In many ways, though, a move to the San Siro also seems risky for Giroud if he wants to perform more ahead of Euro 2020 this summer.

Inter have Lautaro Martinez and Romelu Lukaku upfront at the moment, so there’s no guarantee the former the Gunners man would see a lot of the first-team action.

It will be exciting to see how this saga develops, but for the moment the Telegraph suggest Olivier Giroud is unlikely to remain in the Premier League.