Italian club determined to sign €20m-rated Chelsea striker

The London giants have exercised a clause to extend Olivier Giroud’s deal by one year to prevent the centre-forward from leaving on a free transfer to Inter Milan, according to reports. The 33-year-old striker was due to become a free agent at the end of the campaign on June 30, but will now be contracted with Chelsea until 2021.

Olivier could still move to Inter Milan or Lazio in the summer transfer window, but the club specifically doesn’t want him to join rivals Tottenham. Giroud was on the brink of leaving Chelsea in winter, but a move to Serie A giants Inter was abandoned as the Blues failed in their efforts to find a suitable replacement.

France international has worked his way back into Frank Lampard’s side since the winter window, filling inexpertly for injured centre-forward Tammy Abraham. The French star has scored two goals in his last three Premier League matches, proving to be a useful backup option.

Antonio Conte wants to bolster the front-line during the summer transfer window. Alongside the signing of Hakim Ziyech from Ajax, Chelsea are also pursuing Barcelona’s out-of-favour playmaker Philippe Coutinho. Brazil legend Rivaldo backed the former Liverpool playmaker to reignite his career at London club.

He said: ‘He will move to a big club and to a country and competition he knows well where he had his best years so far. So if that transfer happens, I’m sure he will have a good opportunity of seeing things improve for him in the future, after all, he has already shined on the PL before.’