Arsène Wenger is said to have agreed a fee of almost £13million to take Olivier Giroud to Arsenal from Montpellier, reports tonight suggest.
There is a vast amount of conjecture swirling around that Giroud joining the Gunners could be part of a deal that sees Marouane Chamakh head the other way either on loan or as part of a swap-deal plus cash.
I would be inclined to believe that Chamakh will remain at the Emirates because both the player and the manager intimated as much as last season came to a close.
But it seems that France striker Giroud, 25, who has a chance of facing England tomorrow night in the opening match of Group D Euro2012, one way or another could well be heading to north London.
Al Jazeera first reported that Arsenal have agreed upon a fee with Ligue 1 Montpellier that would bring Giroud to the Emirates next season and the story has gathered momentum as the night progresses.
Giroud, who was top of the Ligue 1 scoring chart with 21 goals last term, has long been touted as a Wenger target with former Gunner and now scout Gilles Grimandi being tasked to follow the striker’s progress and report directly to Wenger.
RMCs website reported (has been translated from French):
Reportedly, Arsenal will start discussions with Olivier Giroud in the next few hours … The champions of France are no longer any illusions about the departure of Olivier Giroud in an attractive offer for him. Club Louis Nicollin prefer the transfer to Arsenal or Chelsea to recover Lukaku or Marouane Chamakh, on loan in the transaction. … The striker really like to Arsene Wenger. It is his priority in terms of attack, either with or without the departure of Robin van Persie.
Giroud has a £12.8m release clause in his contract. He surely would be a great signing for the gunners whether or not RVP leaves.