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Chelsea striker Giroud in talks with Juventus

Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud is in contact with Juventus.

Giroud has agreed a deal in principle with Juventus as the Serie A giants target alternatives to Barcelon striker Luis Suarez, reports Italian transfer expert Gianluca di Marzio.

The Italian champions are looking for a new striker after agreeing to release Gonzalo Higuain, with Barcelona star Suarez believed to be their top target.

And Giroud has emerged as a serious alternative with the French forward facing a battle to nail down a first-team spot at Chelsea this season.

The 33-year-old striker has reached an 'agreement in principle' with the Turin side over a two-year deal.

Giroud faces competition for a starting spot at Stamford Bridge from summer signing Timo Werner, as well as young England forward Tammy Abraham.

He will want first-team football as he targets a place in the France squad for next summer's postponed Euro 2020 finals.

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