News today that one of Newcastle’s striker targets is anxious to join Arsenal.
Olivier Giroud – wants to join Arsenal
Olivier Giroud is said to be close to joining the top London club for around £12M, according to his club – French Champions Montpellier.
And if the fee is £12M, there’s no way Newcastle would pay that for a 25 year-old, who is untested at the top levels of football.
And the news seems true, as it comes from Rene Girard, the manager of Montpellier, who has said Arsenal have come in for his star striker.
This is what Girard told French radio yesterday:
“Arsenal are very interested and Giroud wants to play in England.” “If Arsene Wenger agrees with the president Louis Nicollin, he will sign for them.”
Arsenal are also keen to offload striker Marouane Chamakh as part of a player-plus-cash deal, and Chamakh could be a good fit for the Moroccan striker, who has lost his way since joining from Bordeaux on a free transfer two years ago.
Arsenal have already signed Lukas Podolski from FC Köln for £11M, and if they sign Girard they are well positioned in case Robin van Persie leaves the club for the highest bidder in the summer.
And with Arsene Wenger at the Euro 2012 Championships as a commentator for French TV, he can keep tabs on the French striker, that’s if he gets a game for France – he was an unused substitute against England on Monday.
Robin van Persie is being pursued by Juventus and Manchester City, and don’t put it past the current Premier league Champions to match the offer of £180K/week in wages, said to be made by the Italian club.
When Manchester City will ever balance their books we have no idea, but we hope the new UEFA Financial Fair Play rules, which force European clubs to balance their books soon, do not turn out to be a paper tiger.
Only last week the local press in Newcastle were reporting that FC Twente striker Luuk de Jong, and Olivier Giroud were Newcastle’s two top striker targets, but somehow we never thought Newcastle would have much chance of getting Olivier to Tyneside.
And £12M is simply a lot more than he’s probably worth, and we wonder how much Luuk de Jong will cost?