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Olivier Giroud in talks with Ligue 1 side over sensational Chelsea exit

French side turning to 31-year-old World Cup winner just six months after he joined Chelsea, having grown tired of negotiations with Nice over Mario Balotelli

OLIVIER GIROUD could be on his way out of Chelsea after just six months at Stamford Bridge, according to reports.

The striker, 31, won the World Cup this summer with France and could be sold to Marseille to fund a move for Juventus’ Gonzalo Higuain.

Giroud is now a world champion after France beat Croatia 4-2 in the final

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Giroud is now a world champion after France beat Croatia 4-2 in the final

Giroud failed to have shot on target in Russia but was praised for his all-round contribution to the team

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Giroud failed to have shot on target in Russia but was praised for his all-round contribution to the team

Giroud followed through on a pre-tournament promise to shave his head if France won the World Cup

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Giroud followed through on a pre-tournament promise to shave his head if France won the World Cup

Marseille have grown tired of negotiations with Nice over a potential deal for former Liverpool and Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli, according to Eurosport.


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And now they have turned their attentions to Giroud, who failed to have shot on target in 546 minutes of action in Russia.

But his contribution to France’s second World Cup triumph was a wider one, and Marseille want him to join a frontline that includes former Premier League men Dimitri Payet and Florian Thauvin.

Giroud signed from Arsenal in January to relieve some of the burden from record-signing Alvaro Morata, who struggled after Christmas following a £60million move from Real Madrid.

Giroud, sporting his new look, has been holidaying with Marseille’s Florian Thauvin this summer

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Giroud, sporting his new look, has been holidaying with Marseille’s Florian Thauvin this summer

Giroud has 31 goals in 81 caps for France, putting him level with Zinedine Zidane as the country’s fourth-highest scorer of all-time

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Giroud has 31 goals in 81 caps for France, putting him level with Zinedine Zidane as the country’s fourth-highest scorer of all-time

Giroud won the FA Cup with Chelsea in 2018, his fourth winner’s medal in the competition since arriving in England

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Giroud won the FA Cup with Chelsea in 2018, his fourth winner’s medal in the competition since arriving in England

Giroud joined Chelsea from London rivals Arsenal in January in an £18m deal

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Giroud joined Chelsea from London rivals Arsenal in January in an £18m deal

But with Chelsea now chasing Higuain in a potential £53m deal, Giroud appears to have been deemed surplus to requirements.

Atletico Madrid were also linked with a move for Giroud, but were reportedly after a loan move which Chelsea would not be interested in.

They would need quick cash to go after both Higuain and team-mate Daniele Rugani, who could both be flogged by Juventus.

The Italian champions are linked with a world-record £200m offer for Manchester United’s Paul Pogba, hoping to bring him back to the club he spent four years with and pair him with Cristiano Ronaldo.

Chelsea want to sell Giroud to fund a move for Higuain, who would be reunited with his old Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri at Stamford Bridge

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Chelsea want to sell Giroud to fund a move for Higuain, who would be reunited with his old Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri at Stamford Bridge

Centre-back Rugani, 24, is also on Sarri’s watchlist

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Centre-back Rugani, 24, is also on Sarri’s watchlist

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