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Chelsea might not have three top strikers in Timo Werner, Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud ahead of next season, with recent reports claiming that Giroud is set for an exit from Stamford Bridge.
The Frenchman who played a key role for Chelsea to finish in the top four after a strong performance in the second half of the season, has emerged as a potential target for Serie A champions Juventus.
Juve have agreed to release veteran striker Gonzalo Higuain and have failed to sign Luis Suarez, who was set to join the club.
Giroud, who scored his 40th international goal for France this week, signed a new contract with Chelsea earlier this year after seeing a move to Inter Milan fall through.
Juventus see the Chelsea striker as an experienced forward who can help their season, following their failed move for Suarez and likely Edin Dzeko.
A report on the Mirror claims Giroud has agreed a ‘deal in principle’ with the Serie A giants as he targets first-team football ahead of next summer’s postponed Euro 2020 finals.
However, following multiple reports of Juventus interest in Giroud, Standard Sports Simon Johnson, has released a series of tweets that confirm Giroud will at least remain in Chelsea for another season.
Simon Johnson’s report matches an earlier comment by Giroud, who had admitted that he’s ready to fight for his shirt at Chelsea despite the signing of Timo Werner.
Giroud said, earlier this month: “In every big club, there’s competition, and it always motivated me to fight for my spot,’ he told reporters while on international duty with France.
“Now, I’m not naive and I know that the club bought Werner to put him on the pitch. One thing’s for sure: we don’t have the same profile, he likes to go on the sides, he did it with his club and his national team.
“If it was a striker with a similar profile, I would have been more worried, but I think with the different games and the different teams we’ll play.
“The coach will choose different tactical systems and I really hope I’ll play, following what I did last year.”