CHELSEA striker Olivier Giroud is a reported January target for Inter Milan as a back-up for Romelu Lukaku at the San Siro. The Blues forward has started just one Premier League match this season, with Frank Lampard preferring academy graduate Tammy Abrah

Inter Milan eyeing January transfer swoop for Chelsea striker Giroud as back-up for Lukaku after ex-Man Utd ace flops in Champions League

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CHELSEA striker Olivier Giroud is a reported January target for Inter Milan as a back-up for Romelu Lukaku at the San Siro.

The Blues forward has started just one Premier League match this season, with Frank Lampard preferring academy graduate Tammy Abraham to lead the line.

 Inter Milan are reportedly weighing up a move for Olivier Giroud in January
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Lukaku has impressed in Serie A since joining from Manchester United - netting twice in three top-flight appearances.

But he was guilty of a below-par performance in the 1-1 draw against Slavia Prague in the Champions League on Tuesday, with Gazzetta Dello Sport naming him as the worst player on the pitch.

As a result, Calciomercato have claimed that the Nerazzurri are already reassessing their options up top with four players being considered by the Italian giants.

They could look to lure Kevin Lasagna and Andrea Petagna away from Udinese and SPAL respectively, but the report states that it will be difficult to land either player.

Real Madrid forward Luka Jovic - signed from Eintracht Frankfurt in the summer - could be the subject of a loan bid.

While Inter are also weighing up a move for World Cup winner Giroud - who could be tempted to leave West London should he continue to play second fiddle to Abraham.

Giroud is seen as a cheap option for the 2010 Champions League winners with the 32-year-old available on a free transfer in the summer.

Should the former Arsenal star make the move to join Inter, he will link up with Antonio Conte once again - with the Italian signing him for Chelsea from the Gunners in January 2018.

Giroud has already warned boss Lampard that he is not happy about his role in the Blues squad.

And he admitted earlier this month that he would be open to playing in the MLS.

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Inter Milan eyeing January transfer swoop for Chelsea striker Giroud as back-up for Lukaku after ex-Man Utd ace flops in Champions League

Fifa 20 first Team of the Week announced and Arsenal fans fuming with ex-stars Koscielny and Monreal included after Watford defensive horror show

ARSENAL fans were left distraught by a number of their former favourites popping up in the first Team of the Week for FIFA 20.

As the popular gaming series nears its annual release, producers EA named their top performers from the weekend with Laurent Koscielny and Nacho Monreal making the cut.

 Koscielny pushed hard for a move back home and upset many Gooners in doing so
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Koscielny's Bordeaux secured a 2-0 win over Metz in Ligue 1 to go four games unbeaten after the defender's controversial summer move.

And Real Sociedad beat Atletico Madrid in La Liga by the same scoreline, former Gunner Monreal adding the second on debut with a scrambled finish.

These performances came amid Arsenal's shocker on Sunday as they haplessly fumbled a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at Watford.

Laurence tweeted: "Nacho and Koscielny taking the p**s of Arsenal here."

Lewis wrote: "Love how Nacho and Koscielny are in here whilst arsenal's defence is shocking."

While Spaceyy commented: "Imagine Monreal and Koscielny left Arsenal, then put in man of the Match performances. You can’t make this up."

FULL FIFA 20 WEEK ONE TOTW

Manuel Neuer - Bayern Munich - Rating: 89

Sadio Mane - Liverpool - 89

Dries Mertens - Napoli - 88

Karim Benzema - Madrid - 88

Frenkie de Jong - Barcelona - 86

Zlatan Ibrahimovic - LA Galaxy - 86

Nicolas Tagliafico - Ajax - 84

Laurent Koscielny - Bordeaux - 84

Thomas Delaney - Dortmund - 84

Gerard Moreno - Villarreal - 84

Nani - Orlando City - 83

Serge Aurier - Tottenham - 82

Simon Mignolet - Brugge - 82

Nacho Monreal - Real Sociedad - 82

Lorenzo Pellgrini - Roma- 82

Dario Benedetto - Marseille - 82

Donyell Malen - PSV - 81

Tammy Abraham - Chelsea - 81

Erling Haaland - Salzburg - 79

Ivan Toney - Peterborough - 76

Mustapha Bundu - Aarhus - 75

Alan Czerwinski - Zaglebie - 75

Rory Watson - Scunthorpe - 71

MALEN MAYHEM

As if the defensive duo's presence in FIFA's selection wasn't enough, some picked up on another player with an Emirates Stadium past in the team.

PSV Eindhoven winger Donyell Malen featured for Arsenal's academy side for two years and recently caught the eye with all five goals of a rout over Vitesse.

Dani tweeted: "Totw Nacho, Koscielny and MALEN!!! What the helllllllllll."

 Monreal played his part in a famous win at Anoeta
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As ever, there were fans disappointed that their club's top performer not being picked, most notably Tottenham's Son Heung-min and Schalke star Amine Harit.

But there were still those comedically hoping for Arsenal's current players to be rewarded for their showing.

Honey Badger joked: "No Luiz livid."

Laurent Koscielny branded 'disgusting' for 'disrespectful' Bordeaux unveiling in which he gets rid of Arsenal shirt

Victor Lindelof signs new Manchester United deal to 2024

Manchester United have secured Victor Lindelof's long-term future after agreeing a deal with the defender until at least 2024.

Having finally got David de Gea's extension over the line on Monday, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side have announced a new and improved contract for the Sweden international.

Lindelof was linked with Barcelona over the summer but has ended any such talk by committing his future to the Old Trafford giants, signing a deal until 2024 with the option of a further year.

"Since the day I arrived at United it has felt like home," he said. "I have grown significantly both as a player and as a person in the last two years and for that I am grateful to everyone at the club for their help and support.

"I love playing football and my aim now is to help the team to win trophies and repay the fans for their unrivalled support.

"I know that everyone at the club shares this vision and will give everything to get Manchester United back to where it belongs.

"I'm still young and know I can improve further but with the help of the boss and his coaching staff, I believe that only good things are ahead for this great club."

Lindelof joined from Benfica in a 35 million euros (£30.75million) deal in 2017 and endured a tough first campaign at United.

But last season the 25-year-old kicked on and was runner-up to Luke Shaw in the club's Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year voting.

United boss Solskjaer said: "Victor has established himself here and has become a very important part of our team.

"He brings calmness on the pitch and I can see that he is determined to help this club and to be successful here.

"I'm extremely happy that he has committed his future to Manchester United. We're all looking forward to working together to deliver the success and get United back to where we know the club belongs."

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