Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud has completed a permanent transfer to AC Milan for an undisclosed fee.
Following his medical on Friday, the France international thanked Chelsea for the “special memories” he made during his three-and-a-half-year stay at Stamford Bridge. According to reports, the cost of signing Giroud was around €1 million (£855,000), plus an additional €1 million (£855,000) in bonus payments based on appearances and Champions League qualification.
On signing for AC Milan, Giroud said: “My ambition is to win some trophies. That’s why I am playing football. I am a competitor and I want to win again and again.”
Giraud was signed by Chelsea from Arsenal for £18 million in January 2018. He won the FA Cup and Europa League during his time at the club, as well as the Champions League in May. During his 119 appearances at Chelsea, he scored 39 goals, including 11 last season. Chelsea signed a one-year deal with Giroud last summer, and the club has taken up the option to extend it by another year.
In 2018, he won the World Cup, and he also played for France’s Euro 2020 campaign before they were knocked out at the round-of-16 stage by Switzerland on penalties.
Fikayo Tomori was signed by AC Milan from Chelsea earlier this season after the defender’s £25m option was exercised after a six-month loan spell. Chelsea pair Hakim Ziyech and Tiemoue Bakayoko are also in the club’s sights. In the upcoming season, they will return to the Champions League after seven years away.