Chelsea centre-forward Olivier Giroud is the subject of serious interest from OGC Nice, who are reportedly readying a summer offer for his signature.
The French star has endured a frustrating 2018-19 season at Stamford Bridge, playing as back-up to Gonzalo Higuain and Alvaro Morata, restricted mostly to a starring role in the UEFA Europa League.
The 32-year-old star has featured in over 40 games for the Blues in all competitions but has only been given seven EPL starts, with coach Maurizio Sarri even opting to play with Eden in a false nine ahead of Giroud on a regular basis.
According to The Sun, ex-Arsenal star and OGC Nice technical director, Giles Grimandi has confirmed negotiations over a summer transfer for Olivier are ongoing, after being handed the go-ahead by club manager Patrick Viera.
As per The Sun, Giles told Canal Football: “If Olivier Giroud decides to come that is because he likes the project at OGC Nice.”
“If Olivier is not happy at Chelsea, if he wants to play, we will take all the elements into account.”
“I have spoken with Patrick [Vieira] about Olivier Giroud, but we have not spoken with Olivier Giroud.”
The veteran striker has grown frustrated with his role under Maurizio and wants to secure regular game time, but at the moment it emerges he has fallen down the pecking order at the Stamford Bridge.
The Blues are still planning to trigger the one-year extension clause in his current deal, which expires this summer, but Les Aiglons are hoping to tempt him away from west London when the transfer market reopens.