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Giroud undergoing AC Milan medical

Olivier Giroud is undergoing a medical with AC Milan before signing a two-year deal with the Serie A club.

The France striker arrived at Milan’s La Madonnina clinic at approximately 7am on Friday morning ahead of finalising his move from Chelsea.

The transfer fee for Giroud is understood to be around €1m (£855,000), with an extra €1m (£855,000) in bonuses subject to a number of appearances and qualification for the Champions League.

The 34-year-old signed a new one-year deal at Chelsea last summer and the club took up an option to extend it by a further 12 months in June.

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With Olivier Giroud close to joining AC Milan from Chelsea, we take a look at his greatest Premier League goals, including that scorpion kick!

Arsenal sold Giroud to Chelsea for £18m in January 2018, six years after signing him from the Ligue 1 title-winning Montpellier side for £10.8m.

He has scored 39 goals in 119 appearances during his time at Stamford Bridge, winning three major trophies, including the Champions League title in May.

Giroud was involved in France’s disappointing Euro 2020 campaign as they were knocked out by Switzerland on penalties at the round-of-16 stage following a 3-3 draw after extra-time.

AC Milan have already signed Fikayo Tomori from Chelsea this summer, as they activated their £25m option to buy the young defender following a successful six-month loan spell, and are interested in Hakim Ziyech and Tiemoue Bakayoko.

The Italian club finished second in Serie A last season, securing a return to the Champions League following a seven-year absence.

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Now bow down: Romelu Lukaku goads Zlatan in thinly-veiled jibe

Inter Milan forward Romelu Lukaku took a swipe at AC Milan rival Zlatan Ibrahimovic after the big Belgian claimed bragging rights as his team won a first Serie A title since 2010.

Inter were crowned champions on Sunday after nearest rivals Atalanta could only draw with Sassuolo, handing Antonio Conte’s team a long-awaited Scudetto and sparking joyous scenes on the streets of the Italian city.

The title for Inter is their 19th Scudetto overall but the first since they won a Serie A, Coppa Italia and Champions League treble under Jose Mourinho in the 2009-10 season.

Since then, they have been forced to watch city rivals AC Milan lift the Serie A crown once before Turin giants Juventus went on a run of nine straight triumphs.

Striker Lukaku has been a crucial force in Inter’s success, hitting 21 goals in 33 games this campaign as well as laying on nine assists.

For Lukaku, Inter’s title success is even sweeter after the running personal battle he has waged with AC Milan’s Swedish icon Ibrahimovic.

The pair clashed furiously during the Coppa Italia quarterfinal derby in January when they butted heads and exchanged words, with Ibrahimovic appearing to tell Lukaku to “go do your voodoo sh*t” in a reference to a story dating back to his days with Everton in the English Premier League.

Lukaku responded by screaming “f*ck you and your wife, you little b*tch” as he was held back by his teammates.

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When the teams met in February, Lukaku was on the scoresheet as Inter romped to a 3-0 win and was heard exclaiming “I told you” – in what was taken as another riposte to Ibrahimovic.

But after sealing bragging rights on Sunday, Lukaku issued a withering new barb to his rival on Twitter.

“The real god has crowned the king! Now bow down! King of Milano,” tweeted the forward.

Lukaku and Ibrahimovic – who are former teammates from their time at Manchester United – have been stoking their rivalry ever since the 39-year-old Swede returned to Italy at the end of 2019, which was touted as being “the return of the king.”

After Inter beat their San Siro neighbors in a 4-2 thriller in February of 2020 – with Lukaku netting an injury-time strike to seal the victory – the Belgian poured scorn on the idea of Ibrahimovic being royalty, instead proclaiming on Twitter “there’s a new king in town.”

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Not content to let that lie, Ibrahimovic fired back after he scored a double against Inter in their Serie A clash in October, tweeting a picture of himself and the message: “Milan never had a king, only a God.”

At the start of the season Ibrahimovic looked the likelier to win his ugly personal war with Lukaku as Milan made a strong start to their campaign, going unbeaten in Serie A all the way until January 6, when they lost to Juventus.

But marshalled by the irrepressible Conte in the dugout, Inter gained momentum and never looked back after going top of the table on February 14, leading the standings ever since.

With four matches to go, Inter have an unassailable 13-point gap ahead of Atalanta, AC Milan and Juventus – all of whom are level on 69 points.

Lukaku has enjoyed another impressive season and has now netted 61 goals across 92 appearances in all competitions for Inter since making the move from Manchester United in August 2019 for a reported fee of €80 million ($ 96.5 million).

Such has been Lukaku’s form, he has been linked with a move back to the Premier League with former club Chelsea said to be interested in potentially bringing him back to Stamford Bridge.

Ibrahimovic, meanwhile, has penned a one-year extension with Milan to keep him at the club next season, when he will turn 40.

The Swede, whose own peripatetic career led him to a spell at Inter between 2006 and 2009, will at least have the chance to return the crown snatched from his head by young claimant Lukaku.

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Man Utd confident over Europa League chances as Solskjaer hails Pogba after AC Milan win

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists his side are confident heading into the latter stages of the Europa League. United have made it through to the quarter-final of the competition after beating AC Milan 1-0 on Thursday, clinching the tie 2-1 on aggregate. Paul Pogba scored the only goal of the game at the San Siro after coming on as a second-half substitute.
Solskjaer was understandably delighted to have made it through to the last eight of a second competition this season.

“Very happy of course,” Solskjaer told BT Sport.

“We’ve come through a very difficult tie against a fantastic club and we’ve overcome some difficulties.

“You give yourself a chance to win a game of football when you keep a clean sheet.

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“I’ll be honest, and the lads and staff would agree, we weren’t good at all especially the first half we were awful.

“The first 10-15 minutes, we started well, kept control of the ball but it was like a switch – we turned off, kept giving away balls, bringing pressure on ourselves and we were lucky.

“Second half it always helps to have a world class player like Paul to make a difference and he did that. But we know we need to be better than tonight.

“It’s a very good win and the positive is that we are through, we have players coming back and the squad looks better.”

Europa League last 16 draw in full: Man Utd face AC Milan while Arsenal take on Olympiakos

The Europa League last 16 draw has been conducted with four British teams in the next round of the competition, but none of them will face each other. Manchester United’s showdown with AC Milan is the highlight of the eight ties drawn out.
United, in the Europa League after crashing out of the Champions League group stages, cruised past Real Sociedad in the last 32, winning 4-0 on aggregate.

Their reward for getting past the La Liga outfit is a two-legged showdown with Italian giants AC Milan, who sit second to rivals Inter in Serie A.

That will see the Red Devils reunited with their former frontman Zlatan Ibrahimovic after Milan got past Red Star Belgrade.

Arsenal meanwhile left it late on Thursday night to get past Portuguese opponents Benfica, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s 87th-minute winner securing a 3-2 win and a 4-3 aggregate success.

The Gunners know a top-four finish is beyond them in the league and so have put extra focus on this tournament, and will face Olympiakos next up.

Those two teams met in the last 32 a year ago when the Greek side prevailed on away goals at the Emirates after extra time.

Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham are in a similar predicament to their north London rivals and after hammering Wolfsberger, take on Dinamo Zagreb in a favourable draw.

Rangers remain unbeaten in the Scottish Premiership and in Europe this term and got the better of Antwerp 9-5 over 180 minutes after two breathless affairs, winning 5-2 last night.

Steven Gerrard’s side have been handed two matches against Slavia Prague, who knocked out Leicester 2-0 on aggregate in the previous round.

You can see the full round of 16 draw below.

Europa League last 16 draw in full

Ajax vs Young Boys

Dynamo Kiev vs Villarreal

Roma vs Shakhtar Donetsk

Olympiakos vs Arsenal

Dinamo Zagreb vs Tottenham

Manchester United vs AC Milan

Slavia Prague vs Rangers

Granada vs Molde

When will Europa League last 16 ties take place?

The first legs for the tournament’s second knockout round will take place on Thursday March 11.

The return fixtures will then take place a week later on Thursday March 18.

Matches on both days will be split across two kick-off times, 5.55pm and 8pm.

It remains to be seen whether teams will be able to host their matches at their own stadiums or be required to play across Europe.

Arsenal played the two legs of their tie with Benfica in Rome and Athens, for example.

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