The Blues are ready to let the Olivier Giroud leave the club and join Serie A giant, Inter Milan, but are negotiating the fee, with the Serie A club hopeful of paying less than the €7m asking price
The Frenchman will sign a two-and-a-half-year deal with the Serie A title hopefuls, with there the hope that an agreement can be struck over the weekend.
Under the terms of the deal, Giroud would see his Chelsea wages matched by Inter, with an initial salary of €4 million to drop to €3.5m for the following two seasons.
Frank Lampard’s side are asking for around €7m for the striker, who has less than six months on his current contract, but Inter have so far offered only €5m with add-ons.
The Nerazzurri are expected to beat a host of other clubs to Giroud’s signature, with the former Arsenal striker having rejected Aston Villa, while Bordeaux and Lyon struggled to agree on terms with the France international.
He has made just seven appearances for the Blues this season which has led to calls from France manager Didier Deschamps for his striker to find a move away from west London.
Lampard has publicly admitted that Chelsea don’t need a replacement lined up to be able to sell Giroud, with Tammy Abraham continuing his good form and Michy Batshuayi operating as a back-up option.