Chelsea struggling to find buyer for out-of-favour centre-forward

Chelsea star Olivier Giroud may be forced to wait until the end of the campaign to leave Stamford Bridge as it is thought that no potential buyers are willing to pay a transfer fee for the experienced Frenchman.

Giroud, for whom the Blues paid around £18 million in January 2018, is due to be out of contract at the end of the term and so stands to be available as a free agent in 2020.

It means that there is minimal motivation for interested sides to cough up cash in January and The Sun states that even a £5m asking price has thus far been enough to put suitors off.

There have been talks that a lack of club action may put Olivier, a World Cup winner in 2018, in danger of missing out on a place in the France roster for Euro 2020.

However, it must be noted that it has not hurt him so far. He has played at least some part in every qualifier, featuring in most of them, and has scored four times in his last six matches for his country.

Giroud was an unused substitute for a friendly versus Bolivia in June, making it the first international match he has missed since injury ruled him out of a friendly versus Germany in November 2017.

Moreover, he has never been left out of a France team for anything other than injury since he made his international debut eight years ago.

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