Olympique Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has confirmed that his club has interest to sign Olivier Giroud for next season. The French forward has been struggling to find game time at Chelsea this season and could be opting for a move away from the club next season.
Aulas hopes he can offer Giroud a contract next season, but also suggested he wanted the forward after the 2018 World Cup. “I had dreamed of having him come [last year] and I had even called Arsene Wenger for more information,” the Lyon chief told Le Figaro of Giroud. “Gerard Houllier knows him well, too.”
“We had discussed it when I was in Moscow with the France team during the World Cup. Things could not be done, though. Now we have a front line that is very well supplied. If someone leaves, [Giroud] could interest us, especially since he has a different profile to our other players. [At the end of the season] Giroud will interest me. It seems a little bit soon now. We will not stack the attackers, especially since we have a real team.”