Atletico Madrid behind Inter for Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud

Inter are set to beat Atletico Madrid for a January move to Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud, according to a report in L’Equipe.

Earlier this month, Diario AS said the Frenchman is being considered beyond Atleti’s primary attacking targets while Football.London say that they alongside the Italian club are monitoring the situation.

It follows a report in Cadena Cope that RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner is the ‘primary objective’ for Atleti this January, while other reports claim it is Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani.

Diego Costa has been sidelined with an injury until February, leaving Atleti short up front and short on goals this season.

The club are at their salary cap and would need to offload players in order to sign anyone, with Santiago Arias and Sime Vrsaljko two players who may be let go.

It is claimed that Costa could be sold to help fund a €60m approach for Werner, while Los Rojiblancos have also been linked to PSG striker Cavani this January.

However, the fresh report says that out-of-favour Chelsea striker Giroud – who has featured just seven times this season, starting three – is now the alternative option.

The 33-year-old has struggled for regular game-time since his move to Stamford Bridge from Arsenal in January 2018 and has just five league goals for the club in that timeframe – but did help France lift the World Cup.

Chelsea and Atleti have conducted multiple deals in recent seasons including those for Costa, Filipe Luis, Thibaut Courtois and Alvaro Morata.

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