Olivier Giroud has officially completed his transfer from Chelsea to Milan and will wear the Number 9 jersey.
The striker turns 35 in September and flew in on Thursday night with a private jet to Linate Airport from Grenoble, had his medical tests on Friday.
“AC Milan is delighted to announce the signing of Olivier Jonathan Giroud on a permanent transfer from Chelsea FC. The French striker will be wearing the number 9 jersey,” Milan’s official statement reads.
“Born in Chambéry (France) on September 30th 1986, Olivier Giroud spent his youth career with Grenoble and made his first team debut in 2005. After playing for Istres and Tours, Giroud moved to Ligue 1 club Montpellier, where he scored 39 goals in 85 appearances in two years and where he won the league in 2011/12. In the summer of 2012, he moved to Arsenal, with whom he scored 105 goals in 253 games, winning 3 FA Cups and 3 Community Shields.
“In Januray 2018, Giroud moved to Chelsea FC, with whom he scored 39 goals in 119 appearances, winning one Champions League, one Europa League and 1 FA Cup.
“Giroud made his debut with the France senior squad in November 2011, scoring 46 goals in 110 appearances and winning the World Cup in 2018.”
— AC Milan (@acmilan) July 17, 2021
It is widely reported that the cost of the transfer was €1m, plus up to another €1m in various add-ons and performance-related bonuses.
The bonuses are for Champions League qualification and a certain number of appearances from the player.
The two-year contract is worth circa €3.5m per season, with an option for a third year.
Giroud has 46 goals in 110 senior caps for France, and is fresh from winning the Champions League with Chelsea.
He found the net 11 times in 31 competitive appearances for Chelsea last season, including six in eight Champions League games.
This is a new experience in Serie A for the Frenchman, who joined Arsenal in 2012 before moving across the city to Chelsea in January 2018.