Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud is out of contract in the summer and French giants Olympique Marseille are very keen on signing the 32-year-old, however, they are urging the French international to take a significant pay cut in order to make the deal happen.
Giroud earns roughly £3.5 Million a year with the Blues and it is hard to see him agreeing to a massive pay cut as his career begins to wind down.
Marseille is not the only French side interested in signing the forward, Lyon are also interested but the same applies to them when it comes to paying such premium wages.
For his part, Giroud feels that he still has what it takes to continue playing at the top level as he stated last week,
“I’m a competitor.
“I’m 32 but I’m still young. I feel very well physically.
“When I do the tests on the treadmill I have to say that I have one of the best tests [at the club].
“I have the motivation to carry on. Some of the boys asked me why I didn’t retire with the national team after the World Cup.
“But I’m still hungry and I know how much I will miss football after my career.
“I want more and more. I think I have a few nice years in front of me.”
Giroud does still have a lot to offer and the top players are playing longer than in previous years, being 32 is no longer an age that retirement or slowing down is automatic and if Marseille or Lyon cannot meet Giroud’s wage demands then there is every likelihood that another club will, especially for a player that will cost nothing in terms of a transfer fee.