Olivier Giroud is officially a new Milan player and will wear the red and black number 9 jersey.
Zlatan Ibrahimović played 50% of Milan’s games last season due to injuries and unavailability. So one of the Rossoneri’s goals this summer was to find an alternative for the Swedes.
The main target of the Diavolo directors has always been Olivier Giroud of Chelsea and today they finally announced the arrival of the player:
“Milan are pleased to announce the signing of Olivier Jonathan Giroud for a permanent transfer from Chelsea FC. The French striker will wear the number 9 shirt.
“Olivier Giroud was born on September 30, 1986 in Chambéry (France) 85 appearances in two years and where he won the league in 2011/12. In the summer of 2012 he moved to Arsenal, with whom he scored 105 goals in 253 games and won 3 FA Cups and 3 Community Shields. In January 2018 Giroud moved to Chelsea, with whom he scored 39 goals in 119 appearances, winning a Champions League, Europa League and FA Cup.
“Giroud made his debut for the French senior team in November 2011, scored 46 goals in 110 games and won the World Cup in 2018.”
Giroud’s first day in Milan – click to enlarge
The 34-year-old has signed a two-year contract with Milan with an option for a third year. He receives around 3.5 million euros plus bonuses per season. The Diavolo pay Chelsea € 1m plus € 1m bonus for the striker who won the Puskas Award in 2017 for his goal against Crystal Palace.
Giroud was in Milan yesterday to visit the doctor and sign the contract. He will start training with the squad on July 26th after finishing his summer vacation after the EURO.