Olivier Giroud emerges as shock target for Barcelona

Olivier Giroud emerges as shock target for Barcelona

Olivier Giroud could be set for a shock move to La Liga giants Barcelona, that is according to Spanish outlet SPORT.

The Catalan club are reportedly keen to bring in another striker this window to act as back-up for Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi. They have already let Munir join Sevilla so there is place in their squad for another forward and the 32-year-old is thought to be high on their wish list.

The French striker has found opportunities at Stamford Bridge limited this season, with manager Maurizio Sarri recently opting to play Eden Hazard as a false nine instead of Giroud or their other recognised striker Alvaro Morata.

Giroud arrived at Stamford Bridge in the January transfer window last season and has made 30 appearances for them in the Premier League. He has though managed to score just four goals and the Blues are hopeful of replacing him with either Gonzalo Higuain or Callum Wilson this month as they look for more cutting edge.

His contract runs out at the end of this campaign and it looks unlikely that the Blues will look to extend it beyond then. It seems that rather then letting it run down they would prefer to cash in on him now, with a £13.5 million fee the reported asking price for his services.

Olivier Giroud was a key member of the French side which won the 2018 FIFA World Cup

However, Morata is also linked with a Chelsea exit this month with Atletico Madrid odds on to sign the Spanish international. It is unlikely that Sarri will sell both of his recognised strikers even if he does manage to sign another, so it remains to be seen whether Giroud or Morata leave Stamford Bridge in January.

Whilst he may not be the most clinical striker, there can be no doubting that Giroud would be a useful addition for Barcelona. He showed at the World Cup last year that he can be used as a foil for other players, indeed he led the line for France and despite not scoring was crucial in them winning the tournament by allowing Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann to flourish.

He has been in the Premier League since Arsenal signed him from Montpellier in 2012, and he scored 105 goals in 253 appearances for the Gunners.