Chelsea are understood to be ready to take up an option to extend Frenchman Olivier Giroud’s contract by a further year according to reports by Sky Sports.

The 33-year-old former Arsenal frontman will become a free agent on 1 July if his contract is not renewed. He is one of five senior players out of contract at Stamford Bridge this summer.

With Chelsea manager Frank Lampard currently short of attacking options, The Blues boss is understood to be ready to take up the option to extend Giroud’s current deal until summer 2021. Doing so will mean that the South West Londoners could command a transfer fee should they opt to eventually sell the player this summer or alternatively, they will have one further option in attack if further reinforcements cannot be drafted in.

Giroud joined The Blues from London rivals Arsenal in January 2018 for an undisclosed fee. The player has gone on to score 21 goals in 76 appearances for Chelsea.

Prior to his five-and-a-half year stay at Arsenal, Giroud had spent his entire career playing in France. The forward started his career with Grenoble before enjoying successful two-year spells with both Tours and Montpellier. The Gunners paid close to £10 million to secure his services before the player went on to hit 105 goals during his time at The Emirates Stadium.