Chelsea are ready to to let Olivier Giroud leave the club in the January transfer window, MySportDab reports.
Giroud’s game time at Stamford Bridge has been affected due to the signings of German players Timo Werner and Kai Havertz in the summer.
Also, striker Tammy Abraham has impressed for Frank Lampard’s team.
The 34-year-old has not started a match in the Premier League for Chelsea this season, and Giroud has been an unused substitute for half of Chelsea’s games across all competitions this season.
According to The Athletic, Chelsea will not block Giroud’s plans to leave Stamford Bridge for more regular football in January.
The Blues want to appreciate the work he has done over the past three years.
However, a decision on Giroud’s future will only be finalised closer to the January transfer window as the Blues want to avoid an injury crisis in Chelsea’s attack.
Giroud was in the same position at Arsenal three years ago when the likes Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette joined the club.
A lack of paying time made him swap north London for West London in January 2018, which allowed him to play a key role in France winning the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
But the same situation at Chelsea now has left Giroud ‘worried about his place ahead of next summer’s European Championships.
The striker said while on international duty: ‘It’s worrying for me. I thought I had a key role to play at Chelsea but my playing time has now reduced a lot.
‘It must change or a new decision must be made.
‘I am clear about my situation: I have to make a decision in January. I hope it’s the right one, as always.’
Since his arrival at Chelsea, Giroud has helped Chelsea win the FA Cup and Europa League.