From an Arsenal point of view, Olivier Giroud is rapidly becoming the star of the summer transfer window…that hasn’t even opened yet.
The France international, 30, has already been linked with newly-minted Marseille, Newcastle are said to be sniffing around and now, if you believe the reports, he has two further suitors – West Ham United and Lyon.
The Hammers, according to the Mirror, are open to splurging £20 million on the striker and wouldn’t have a problem paying wages of £100,000 a week. To add fuel to the fire, West Ham blog Claret & Hugh claim the player is eager to leave Arsenal having grown frustrated by his lack of regular football last season. We’ll take that with a hefty pinch of salt.
We’ve already covered three lots of quotes from Giroud since the end of May, each discussing his circumstances at the Emirates.
While on international duty – France play England tonight – players get asked a lot about their circumstances, so the fact he’s constantly in the press isn’t unexpected. It’s worth remembering he did commit himself to Arsenal in January for another two years.
Rumour number two, courtesy of an EXCLUSIVE from French sports site Le 10 Sport claims that Arsenal are in talks to sign Alexandre Lacazette and that Lyon chairman Jean-Michel Aulas thinks he might be able to grab Giroud as part of a deal.
Lacazette was due to move to Atletico Madrid but saw that dream go down in flames when FIFA slapped a transfer ban on the Spanish club. The attacker is still eager to leave though and has been linked with Arsenal…because Alexis Sanchez might leave.
A figure of €60 million has been banded about, that’s €20 million increase on last summer’s mooted figure. Modern football.
That’s a lot for the poo-o-meter to digest…a runny 9 for suggesting he’ll go to West Ham, a runny 7 for a swap deal. Leaving us with an 8.