- Olivier Giroud has today completed a permanent transfer to AC Milan from Premier League club Chelsea
- The Frenchman’s move to Italy’s Serie A brings to an end his three-and-half-year stay at Stamford Bridge
- Giroud, who joined AC Milan on a 2-year deal worth €2m, bagged 39 goals in 119 appearances with the club
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AC Milan have announced the signing of Olivier Giroud on a permanent transfer from Chelsea.
The former Chelsea striker joins the club after a deal of €2 million was reached.
According to the report on AC Milan website, Giroud will be wearing the number 9 jersey at the club.
His move to Italy brings to an end his three-and-half-year stay at Stamford Bridge, a report on Chelsea website explains.
Giroud won the FA Cup, Europa League, and Champions League during his time as a Chelsea player.
The French striker departs Chelsea with 119 appearances, 59 of them coming as a substitute, and 39 goals to his name.
Giroud sends a heartfelt message to Chelsea and their fans
Olivier Giroud has sent a heartfelt message to fans and staff of Chelsea football club as he joins Serie A giants AC Milan.
The 34-year old World Cup winner has signed a two-year deal with AC Milan, and is already in Italy.
Giroud took to Twitter to confirm that indeed he was leaving Chelsea, saying he was leaving the club “with a happy heart”.
"To all the Blues, to my teammates, to all my coaches, to the whole club, a huge thank you for these special moments," he wrote.
“Our victories in FA Cup, Europa League, and Champions League have been magnificent," he added.
Giroud’s exit from Chelsea came as a bit of a surprise, especially because he only signed a contract extension last month.
He initially joined Chelsea from Arsenal for a fee of £18m in January 2018.
Giroud was also involved in France’s disappointing Euro 2020 campaign where they were knocked out by Switzerland in the last 16 on penalties after a 3-3 draw in regulation time.
The Frenchman becomes the second player to join AC Milan from Chelsea after the Serie A giants signed Fikayo Tomori for £25m after a six-month loan spell in Milan.
They finished second in Serie A last season, which secured a return to the Champions League after a seven-year absence.
In other transfer news, YEN.com.gh reported that German football club Borussia Dortmund have rejected an initial bid from Chelsea for their star striker Erling Haaland according to reports in Germany.
Sky Sports report that the Bundesliga outfit have turned down Chelsea's offer of cash with either of Callum Hudson-Odoi and/or Tammy Abraham in part exchange.
Earlier transfer gossip said Chelsea owner, Roman Abramovich has made available an amount of £150million to lure Haaland to Stamford Bridge.
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