Gilles Grimandi Confirms Nice Are Interested in Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud

Bleacher Report

Nice have discussed signing Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud this summer, according to the Ligue 1 club's technical director, Gilles Grimandi.

Speaking during an interview with Canal Football Club (h/t Get French Football News), Grimandi revealed how he's talked with his former Arsenal teammate and Nice manager Patrick Vieira about Giroud: "If Olivier Giroud decides to come that is because he likes the project at OGC Nice. If Olivier is not happy at Chelsea, if he wants to play, we will take all the elements into account. I have spoken with Patrick [Vieira] about Olivier Giroud, but we have not spoken with Olivier Giroud."

Grimandi also recounted the role he played in bringing Giroud to the Premier League back in 2012: "Olivier I know him very well. Very well because I was involved in his transfer from Montpellier to Arsenal. Olivier will choose his destination. For the moment I have not spoken to him. If Olivier Giroud decides to come to OGC Nice it is because he knows the means that we have."

Giroud helped the Gunners win three FA Cups but was sold to London rivals Chelsea during the winter transfer window in January 2018. Despite some fine performances and clutch goals, Giroud has struggled to establish himself as a regular in the Blues' starting XI.

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