Giroud set for Chelsea stay despite Chinese Super League approaches

The Blues striker faces renewed competition from the recent signing of Gonzalo Higuain but he will remain in London for the rest of the season

Olivier Giroud has reiterated his commitment to Chelsea amid January offers from several Chinese Super League clubs, Goal understands, despite being challenged by the arrival of new signing Gonzalo Higuain. 

The 32-year-old has reportedly been targeted by Dalian Yifang but he has immediately rebuffed all January interest as he remains committed to his current club.

Marseille have also long held an interest in the striker whose deal expires at the end of the season, but Chelsea will have the option to extend the France international’s deal for another year, should they wish.

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Chelsea have taken over AC Milan’s loan deal for Higuain with Juventus and have an option to buy him for £32 million at the end of the season, which could ultimately unsettle Giroud, who has still only made 12 starts all season.

Giroud told Canal Football Club recently: “Marseille and Lyon, of course, are two big clubs, and I have never ruled out a return to France. Now, at the time I said that, the priority was to stay in the Premier League.”

Meanwhile, Lyon have since expressed an interest in Giroud, after their owner and chairman Jean-Michel Aulas went public about the World Cup winner.

“This summer, of course Giroud will interest me,” Aulas told Le Figaro. “It seems a little tight for this winter. We do not want to overload with attackers, especially as we have a real team.

“Aside from that, we will have to see what manager we have at that moment of the season, but I like this boy. He is a good guy.”

Andreas Christensen has also had interest in him during the January transfer window but Chelsea have made it clear to all parties that he is not available, either on loan or on a permanent deal.

Juventus had expressed an interest in a short-term deal but it was knocked back, leading to the Serie A champions re-signing Martín Caceres on loan from Lazio.

The interest in the Denmark international may not extend to an offer of a permanent deal in the summer as the Turin club prioritise a move for Ajax’s Matthijs de Ligt, but they may return should they fail to land their main target. 

David Luiz’s long-term future, meanwhile, is secure as Chelsea look set to keep him at the club for another year, after positive talks with his representatives.

Additional reporting by Romeo Agresti and Bruno Andrade.

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