It’s officially official. Chelsea have a new target striker as the club announced the signing of Olivier Giroud from Arsenal on deadline day.
The French international with over 70 Premier League goals to his name has signed an 18-month contract at Stamford Bridge upon his arrival and has been given the No. 18 shirt to match it.
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According to transfermarkt.com, this will be the first time in his club career that Giroud will don the No. 18. For Arsenal, he wore the No. 12 shirt throughout his five-plus seasons at the club.
Before his arrival in England, he wore No. 17 for Montpellier and No. 12 for Tours. On the international stage, he has frequently worn the traditional No. 9 for France.
Giroud joins an interesting group of players to wear the No. 18 for Chelsea that include Loic Remy, Romelu Lukaku, Wayne Bridge and Ricardo Quaresma.
Meanwhile, Michy Batshuayi finally secured his loan deal to Borussia Dortmund and will be away from Chelsea until the end of the current season.
The 24-year-old has struggled to get into the starting team at the Blues under Antonio Conte since joining the club for £33m from Marseille ahead of last season, and it was no surprise to see him head out.
With the Belgian heading out, Chelsea also announced the signing of Olivier Giroud on an 18-month contract, and he will go into the squad for the game at Watford on Monday night.
As far as Batshuayi is concerned, the World Cup was clearly on his mind when trying to get the deal through and he is desperate to get some regular first team football.
“In order to reach my big goal, I want to play as much as I can and score many goals. In summer, the World Cup takes place,” he told the Dortmund website.
Sporting director Michael Zorc said: “Michy is a young, very interesting striker, who impresses with a high scoring and his extraordinary at both Chelsea and in Marseille, in the Belgian league and the national team Quality has already proved.”