The Mirror report that the 31-year old French World Cup winner Olivier Giroud has opened talks with French Ligue 1 side Marseille, as boss Maurizio Sarri looks to restructure his attacking options ahead of the new season.

Giroud moved to Chelsea in the January transfer window from London rivals Arsenal, but failed to hold down a regular spot in the Blues line-up, scoring just three goals in 13 league appearances. However, the season did end with silverware for the Frenchman – lifting the FA Cup with victory against Manchester United at Wembley.

Giroud is yet to return to training with the Blues following World Cup triumph in Moscow, and despite the striker not yet training under Maurizio Sarri, the noises coming out of the Mirror suggest a swift switch to Marseille looks likely with the club targeting striker Gonzalo Higuain at Juventus.

Marseille had wanted to sign former Nice and Man City man Mario Balotelli, but stuttering transfer talks could lead to the French side switching their full attention on signing Olivier Giroud as an alternative.

Talks have apparently been opened between Giroud’s representatives and Marseille, but as of yet no agreement over the sale is in place – but at this rate Giroud may not even return to training with Maurizio Sarri’s side at all this summer and depart six months after arriving in west London.

Marseille know Olivier Giroud can hit the target in Ligue 1, having bagged 33 goals and 17 assists in 73 appearances for Montpellier. In 193 Premier League outings the striker netted 76 times and assisted 28 more – so no doubt Marseille would be getting a proven goalscorer, but by no means a prolific one.

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