AC Milan working on Giroud’s contract extension, Rossoneri remain in the market for new strikers

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AC Milan are going through the process of offering French striker Olivier Giroud a new contract with the club, but work is simultaneously going on to bring a new striker to the club soon.

Since joining Serie A side Milan, Giroud quickly became a key figure for the Rossoneri. The Frenchman joined in the summer of 2021 for a fee of only €1 million from Chelsea. Originally intended as a backup for Zlatan Ibrahimovic, he quickly became the main striker.

With the 37-year-old’s contract expiring at the end of June 2024, coach Stefano Pioli and CEO Giorgio Furlani are desperate to sit down with the Frenchman to discuss an extension, per La Gazzetta dello Sport. 

The future of Giroud in Milan

It is clear that all parties are in favour of an extension to the Frenchman’s contract, regardless of the fact Giroud’s playing time will diminish next season if Milan get their way in the market. As such, if a new deal is to be agreed on, the salary will be lower than what he currently earns – around €3.5m per season. 

The striker will likely take on a similar role to what Zlatan Ibrahimovic did during his second Milan spell. A wise head in the dressing room, a goalscorer, and a mentor to other players. His leadership was shown when he went in goal against Genoa, and he is available on the pitch much more than Ibrahimovic was.

Giroud is only 20 goals away from becoming one of Milan’s top 30 goalscorers of all time, with Ruud Gullit’s 56 goals currently the target. With a year extension, this is an achievable target for the French marksman if he can stay fit.

Giroud supposedly remains in love with the idea of ending his career in the MLS. Therefore the proposition of a one-year extension until 2025 is ideal for all parties.

AC Milan want another forward

AC Milan’s Olivier Giroud addresses the crowd. [Photo: acmilan.com]

Giroud and Luka Jovic are the club’s only traditional strikers as things stand, with Noah Okafor capable of playing there too. As such, the club know they need to bring in a new striker or two soon.

The primary target remains Mehdi Taremi from Porto. Whilst Milan had a bid accepted on deadline day – a deal worth €15m – the Iranian didn’t sign for the Rossoneri amid various deadline day complications with the Portuguese side.

The interest hasn’t died down, as the club remains firmly interested and confident of securing the 31-year-old’s signature in the 2024 January transfer window. Nonetheless, the club will consider other options.

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