Report: Club to activate clause to deny Spurs the chance to complete free transfer

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Chelsea are preparing to activate a clause in Olivier Giroud’s contract which could prevent the striker from joining Tottenham Hotspur on a free transfer this summer, the Guardian have revealed.

Spurs were heavily linked with Giroud in January as they looked to sign a striker to replace the injured Harry Kane (Daily Mail), but they ultimately ended their search empty-handed.

The Chelsea striker revealed in an interview with Telefoot last month that the Blues blocked him from making a move to Spurs in January.

Spurs have been backed to return for the 33-year-old in the summer when his contract runs out (TEAMtalk).

However, the Guardian now claim that the Blues can activate a clause that will allow them to extend the Frenchman’s contract by a year.

It is revealed that they have changed their mind regarding the striker due to the uncertainty the club are facing as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

The report, however, does suggest that there is a possibility that Chelsea might agree to sell Giroud if they get the right offer for him this summer.

Spurs Web Opinion

I believed the only chance we had of signing either Giroud or Willian was when their contracts ran out in the summer. Now that Chelsea might extend Giroud’s contract, I don’t see us getting him as the Blues will not want to sell to a direct rival. If the Frenchman does move on from Stamford Bridge this summer, I expect him to end up in the Serie A.

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