It’s been a transfer window full of surprises, and Dalian Yifang could be set to carry on this trend.
The latest reports in England suggest that Dalian Yifang are linked with a move for Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud.
The France international was signed by Chelsea in January 2018 from Arsenal for a fee of 17 million euros. The 32-year-old has a contract until June 2019 with the club.
Olivier Giroud made 46 appearances across all competitions for Chelsea, scoring 10 goals and supplying 8 assists in return.
The 32-year-old is considered to be one of the best strikers in France.
His record for France is also impressive. Olivier Giroud has scored 33 goals in 87 matches for France at senior level.
Bernd Schuster wants to sign a new striker and Olivier Giroud is one of the names at the top of his wishlist. He is a known admirer of the player and is reportedly keen on the idea of bringing him this winter.
The France international provides a unique blend between a classic center-forward and the modern striker.
According to Triballfootball (via Daily Mail), “Dalian Yifang are interested in Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud. Off contract in June, Giroud has admitted this week he is likely to leave Chelsea at the end of the season. The France international has opened the door to a move to Ligue 1, where Lyon president Jean Michel Aulas has confirmed his interest. However, a move to China is also an option, with the Daily Mail reporting Giroud has turned down an initial approach from Dalian Yifang. And with over three weeks still left in the Chinese market, there remains time for Dalian Yifang to convince Giroud about a move to the Chinese Premier League.”
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It would take a huge offer from Dalian Yifang to prise the 32-year-old striker from Chelsea.
Signing the 32-year-old in the winter transfer window would be a masterstroke from Bernd Schuster.