Ligue 1 side Olympique Marseille are believed to be in pole position to sign Arsenal’s veteran French striker Olivier Giroud, after the Gunners secured a record-breaking deal to sign Alexandre Lacazette just a few days ago.
Giroud, 30, has been deemed surplus to requirements after Lacazette’s arrival in the red side of North London, and Arsenal are eager to cash in on the French goal-scorer.
Premier League side Everton, as well as fellow London club West Ham, are among those touted to be angling a move for Giroud, but according to The Telegraph, it is mooted that Marseille are leading the way towards capturing the services of the charismatic forward.
Giroud has played his part in Arsenal’s valiant but failed quest to secure a top four finish last season, scoring __ goals and tallying an additional __ assists in a span of __ appearances across all competitions, helping Arsenal gain a 5th place finish last season, and qualification into Europe, despite odds saying they were about to finish 7th or 8th.
Despite his commendable display last season, however, it appears the Gunners are ready to ship him out to the highest bidder, with Marseille leading the way, offering a deal worth £24.7-million plus add-ons and other clauses.
It is understood that a deal could be reached in just a few weeks’ time, with both sides eager to sign on the dotted line and push through with the sale.
Despite having signed a new contract just in January, Giroud, for his part, has been vocal last season regarding his lack of regular starting opportunities and as such is also relishing the prospect of leaving the Gunners for a new side who will put faith in him to lead the line.
“I am not insensitive to the approaches of the French clubs and especially that of a mythical club like Marseille,” Giroud said in an interview last month.
Other suitors will no doubt be stepping up their bids in order to not get trumped by Marseille’s advances.
Despite all the rumblings, as to where Giroud ends up next season, of course, is still far from certain.