Olivier Giroud is officially a new Milan player, and he’ll be wearing the #9 Red and Black jersey.
Zlatan Ibrahimović played 50% of the Milan matches last season due to injuries and unavailability, and so one of the goals for the Rossoneri this summer was to get an alternative for the Sweden.
The number one target of the Diavolo directors has always been Olivier Giroud of Chelsea and today they finally announced the arrival of the player:
“Milan is delighted to announce the signing of Olivier Jonathan Giroud on a permanent transfer from Chelsea FC. The French striker will be wearing the number 9 jersey.
“Born in Chambéry (France) on September 30th 1986, Olivier Giroud spent his youth career with Grenoble and made his first team debut in 2005. After playing for Istres and Tours, Giroud moved to Ligue 1 club Montpellier, where he scored 39 goals in 85 appearances in two years and where he won the league in 2011/12. In the summer of 2012, he moved to Arsenal, with whom he scored 105 goals in 253 games, winning 3 FA Cups and 3 Community Shields. In January 2018, Giroud moved to Chelsea FC, with whom he scored 39 goals in 119 appearances, winning one Champions League, one Europa League and 1 FA Cup.
“Giroud made his debut with the France senior squad in November 2011, scoring 46 goals in 110 appearances and winning the World Cup in 2018.”
The 34-year-old has signed a two-year contract with Milan, with an option for a third year. He’ll be getting around €3.5m plus bonuses per season. The Diavolo are paying Chelsea €1m plus €1m of bonuses for the striker, who won the Puskas Award for his goal against Crystal Palace in 2017.
Giroud was in Milano yesterday for his medical and to sign the contract. He’ll begin training with the squad on July 26th, after completing his post-EUROs summer vacation.