Done deal: Chelsea agree €17m deal for Oliver Giroud, announcement imminent

Arsenal have accepted Chelsea’s bid for French forward Olivier Giroud, and that is according to transfer guru Tancredi Palmeri.

Giroud has been sacrificed by Arsenal to make way for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who reportedly arrived London to have medicals ahead of an Arsenal move.

The imminent confirmation of Aubamyang’s deal with Arsenal means Giroud will become third choice for Arsene Wenger in the selection pecking order of strikers.

Meanwhile, Chelsea have been in the search for a powerful centre-forward and their quest to sign one has seen them linked with a move to a chunk of strikers. However, they are settling for Giroud, who was also on the radar of Borrussia Dortmund, but preferred to remain in London.

Giroud is looking to nick a place in the Les Blues team in the upcoming Mundial in Russia and not playing regularly will reduce his chances to be called up. He has started only one Premier League game for Arsenal this term and Chelsea are looking to give him an escape route.

According to Tancredi Palmeri, an agreement is already in place between Arsenal and Chelsea for Olivier Giroud’s move.

Palmeri tweeted: “Arsenal and Chelsea have an agreement for Giroud for €17m (£15m).”

Should his claim be true, this will pave way for Borrussia Dortmund to sign Michy Batshuayi as replacement for Aubameyang.

Even though Aubameyang is currently in London, there are claims that he will not be signed out by Dortmund unless a striker is signed in his stead.

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