Jean-Michel Aulas revealed he’s been dreaming of signing Olivier Giroud for a long time now and hopes to make it a reality at the end of the season.
The French striker has found regular opportunities hard to come by in London for the past couple of seasons at Arsenal and Chelsea.
Giroud has only made six starts in his 12 Premier League appearances this season and recently confessed in an interview that Gonzalo Higuain’s arrival leaves his Chelsea future in doubt.
Now Lyon president Aulas has come forward and revealed his great interest in bringing back Giroud to his native France after spending the last six and a half years in London.
The 69-year-old added that he had initially attempted to sign Giroud at the end of France’s triumphant 2018 World Cup victory in Russia.
“I had dreamed of having him come [last year] and I had even called Arsene Wenger for more information,” Aulas told Le Figaro.
“Gerard Houllier knows him well, too.
“We had discussed it when I was in Moscow with the France team during the World Cup. Things could not be done, though.
“Now we have a front line that is very well supplied. If someone leaves, [Giroud] could interest us, especially since he has a different profile to our other players.
“[At the end of the season] Giroud will interest me. It seems a little bit soon now. We will not stack the attackers, especially since we have a real team.
“We will have to see the coach who will be at the end of the season, but I like the boy. He’s a good person.”
In total, Giroud has managed five goals and assists in 27 appearances for Chelsea across all competitions this season.
The 32-year-old’s fellow striker Alvaro Morata left Chelsea this week in favour of a return to Atletico Madrid on loan after falling of favour under coach Maurizio Sarri.