Serie A: AC Milan director Paolo Maldini confirms Olivier Giroud's arrival, regrets Gianluigi Donnarumma exit


Olivier Giroud of Chelsea celebrates with the Champions League Trophy following their team's victory in the UEFA Champions League Final between Manchester City and Chelsea FC at Estadio do Dragao on May 29, 2021 in Porto, Portugal.

AC Milan director Paolo Maldini confirmed on Wednesday that Chelsea's French centre-forward Olivier Giroud was set to arrive in Italy while regretting the loss of goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma to Paris Saint Germain.

"Olivier should arrive in Milan tomorrow (Thursday)," Maldini said at the unveiling of the Serie A calendar for the 2021-2022 season.

The 34-year-old World Cup winner is reported to be set to sign a two-year contract worth three million euros per season with the Serie A runners-up, who open next season at Sampdoria.

"He's a champion, not only with the national team, he's done great things with Chelsea, won the Champions League," continued Maldini.

"He's a very reliable player and that's what we're looking for. We have a young team and we need players with this experience."

Milan's star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is 39, underwent knee surgery in Rome in June and remains uncertain for the start of the coming campaign. IMG-20210715-174346-449

Giroud joined Chelsea after six seasons with Arsenal in January 2018. He arrived in England from Montpellier with whom he won Ligue 1.

In England, between Chelsea and Arsenal he has won four FA Cups and three Community Shields. He won the Europa League and Champions League with Chelsea.

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