Breaking: Giroud agree terms to join Chelsea

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OLIVIER GIROUD is edging close to joining Chelsea.

Arsenal’s hitman will be allowed to go before Wednesday’s transfer deadline if the club finally land Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

A £60m deal has been agreed with Borussia Dortmund in principle, but the German club need to find a replacement.

Michy Batshuayi could be that man, with Chelsea prepared to loan him out.

And the trio of teams may well see a domino effect take place with their respective strikers.

Gianluca Di Marzio says talks are going well between London rivals Chelsea and Arsenal over Giroud.

The Blues are very close to buying the Frenchman on a permanent basis.

It is unclear on the fee at this stage, but Arsenal value the 31-year-old at around £30m.

A move for Roma striker Edin Dzeko has fallen through and seen Antonio Conte turn his attention to Giroud as support for Alvaro Morata.

West Ham were said to be in the hunt too, but Chelsea look set to win the race.

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