Giroud snubs Chelsea contract extension to join Milan

Olivier Giroud has reportedly snubbed a contract extension from Chelsea to join Milan as a free agent.

La Gazzetta dello Sport reports the Rossoneri are in pole position for the France international, who has a host of alternatives this summer.

According to the report, Giroud snubbed a move to West Ham and a contract extension offer from Chelsea because he wants to try a new experience in a new league.

The Blues had offered the 34-year-old a €4.2m-a-year deal, the same salary he is currently earning in South-West London. Milan are reportedly ready to offer him a €4m-a-year deal.

The 2018 France World Cup winner will leave Stamford Bridge on a free transfer and Stefano Pioli is looking to reinforce his attack for the upcoming season, when Milan return to the Champions League.

The 34-year-old helped the Blues win the prestigious competition in 2020-21 and the report claims he wants to move to a historic club in Europe.

The tax discount helps the Diavolo in the negotiations and La Gazzetta dello Sport reports the French centre-forward is fascinated Milan.

Giroud has scored 18 goals in 41 Champions League games during his stints with Arsenal and Chelsea in London and could provide much-needed experience in the competition.