Time is running out for Olivier Giroud. While the Frenchman thought he had found a way out with Inter Milan, the door suddenly closed on Wednesday night. Giuseppe Marotta, transgaming.orging director of the Lombard club, has hinted that the Nerazzurri will no longer recruit this winter after the arrival of Christian Eriksen. “I don’t think there are any other players who can increase the quality of the squad even further,” he said.
Conte is no longer waiting for anyone
Same posture for coach Antonio Conte. “If I’m still waiting for something? No, he replied. We have tried to work smart to improve this team and I think the goal has been achieved.” A camouflage for the Frenchman who made a departure to Inter his priority. But the very difficult relationship between Conte and Chelsea, his former club, has complicated the discussions. To the point of closing it permanently? Pessimism seems to be the order of the day.
His transfer would depend on that of Mertens
Barred at Chelsea, the French striker must quickly bounce back or risk seeing Euro 2020 pass him under the nose. According to Sky Sport Italia journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, a new contender has emerged in this case. It would be Lazio Rome, author of a big season and currently 3rd in Serie A. But a possible transfer of the Frenchman to Rome is not so simple. It would depend on the case… Dries Mertens.
Chelsea want to recruit the Belgium international and will not let Giroud go until he has finalised the arrival of a reinforcement. For now, the Blues are facing napoli’s refusal to sell. If the situation were to settle, it could do Giroud’s business, at the foot of the wall on the eve of the market’s closure.