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Chelsea were keen to sign a new striker during the January transfer window and the Blues were linked with the likes of Edinson Cavani and Dries Mertens. However, no deal came through before the close of the winter transfer window.
Meanwhile, Olivier Giroud was already set to leave club for Inter Milan, but his departure was dependent on Chelsea signing a striker. At the end, the Blues didn’t make any signing and Giroud was forced to remain at the club.
Inter Milan CEO Beppe Marotta has now explained what happened in the transfer market, and insisted that the Blues were not willing to sell Giroud.
Marotta was quoted by Calciomercato as saying: “Some signing were prioritized over others, and we are very satisfied with how we approached this situation.
“We wanted to close the last deal with Chelsea but they did not want to sell Giroud and then there wasn’t enough time.”