Olivier Giroud has admitted that Chelsea blocked any potential move to Tottenham in the January transfer window.
Spurs were linked quite heavily with Giroud in January as they looked to sign a striker to replace the injured Harry Kane (Daily Mail), but the striker ended up staying at Chelsea as the Lilywhites ended their striker search empty-handed.
The club’s failure to land a striker in January has since cost them dearly ever since, as they also lost Son Heung-min to a long-term injury soon after the transfer window closed.
The Lilywhites have struggled to pick up results without their two main goalscoring threats and, to maker matters worse, Giroud has managed to turn his fortunes around at Chelsea.
The striker has played regularly in the past few weeks and served a reminder to Spurs as to what they missed out on with his goal against Mourinho’s men in the 2-1 win for the Blues a couple of weeks ago.
The French international has now opened up on Tottenham’s interest in him, but revealed that it was Inter Milan who came closest to signing him from Chelsea a couple of months ago.
The 33-year-old told Telefoot: “I lived 6 months complicated, and that’s why I tried to leave in January. I did everything for, but Chelsea did not want to let me go because the condition was to have a substitute.
“The most interesting thing for me was Inter Milan. The problem was that it dragged on. Lazio and Tottenham were there too, but I was blocked”
“I also had Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas on the phone, who expressed interest. I told him that I was flattered by the interest, but that my priority was Inter.”
Spurs Web Opinion
I never believed there was any chance Chelsea were going to sell Giroud to us given that we are both competing for one last Champions League qualification spot. If we do fail to finish in the top four, there is no doubt that it will be our failure to sign a striker in January that will be to blame.
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