Chelsea are still waiting to find out whether they can sign players during this summers transfer window, but it would seem they might be willing to face losing two senior players next month regardless.
The Evening Standard‘s Simon Johnson is reporting that the Chelsea hierarchy have decided not to renew the contract of striker Olivier Giroud, who was signed from Arsenal in 2018.
Giroud is wanted by a number of teams, and has been free to talk with clubs for some time. Bordeaux are showing the most interest currently and could offer the France International his desired starting role.
Maurizio Sarri wants to keep Giroud, who is this season’s top scorer in the Europa League, and has remained important to his sides season gaining Champions League football.
Sarri even went as far to declare that Giroud will be staying at Stamford Bridge next season in a recent interview. But if today’s report is true, the Chelsea board have over ruled the Italian Head Coach this time.
Time is also vastly running out for defender David Luiz, who’s current deal also runs out on the 30th of June 2019.
Luiz has allegedly been in talks with Chelsea to extend his deal for a good few months, but there has yet to be a breakthrough, sparking concerns that the two could well go their separate ways once again.
The Brazilian has featured heavily as part of Sarri’s starting eleven all season, and is also a player whom he has spoken about fondly, and encouraged the club to extend his contract.
It is understood that Luiz’s camp were demanding a longer contract, but of course Chelsea’s over 30s policy of only ever extending by one year, will not be compromised.
Luiz will have to settle for just a one-year extension, otherwise this could be his last few matches for Chelsea.