have reached an agreement
with Arsenal over an £18million move for
striker Olivier Giroud.
The two Premier League clubs were
locked in talks all day on Tuesday, but a
breakthrough has finally been made, with
the France international now set to swap
The Emirates for Stamford Bridge.
However, Giroud still travelled with the
Arsenal squad ahead of their clash with
Swansea on Tuesday evening and was
spotted arriving at the Liberty Stadium
along with team-mated Nacho Monreal
and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
Talks actually broke down around
lunchtime with the Blues walking away
from negotiations, Arsenal refusing to
accept a deal worth an initial £15m with
£5m-worth of add-ons.
However, Chelsea came back with a
revised bid, with a fee of around £17.6m
reportedly agreed between the two clubs.
Giroud is set to receive a pay-rise on
his current £90,000-a-week contract at the
Emirates, while it is thought he will sign an
18-month deal at Stamford Bridge.
It is a massive climb down from the north
London club, who originally asked £30m
for the 31-year-old.
However, a pressing need to push
through the deal in order to secure the
services of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
from Borussia Dortmund forced their hand.
The Bundesliga outfit were unwilling to
confirm the move without landing Chelsea
striker Michy Batshuayi, a transfer Chelsea
refused to sign off on until they landed a
replacement.
The closing of the Germany transfer
window at 5pm on Wednesday, a full seven
hours before the English window, further
emphasised the need to act swiftly
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte had earlier
fumed at the three-way stand off created by
the transfer window.

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