Olivier Giroud’s agent has squashed rumours of a potential swap deal between Arsenal and Napoli, with reports suggesting the Gunners were ready to splash serious cash for Gonzalo Higuain with Giroud included in the deal (via ESPN).
Arsenal are thought to be in the market for Higuain who could command a fee of up to £72million, and odd rumours surfaced suggesting Arsene Wenger may look to offset the huge transfer fee by including his compatriot Giroud in the deal.
The 29-year-old’s agent Michael Manuello denied the striker, who helped France reach the Euro 2016 final, is set for a move to Serie A and will link up with Arsenal ahead of the Premier League season.
The quotes are in contrast to what was said on radio last week, with Giroud’s agent stating the striker ‘could have a wonderful lifestyle’ in Naples. Perhaps these quotes landed him in hot water with Giroud who still remains an important member of the Arsenal squad.
“Everything I’ve read on the Giroud is not true. I personally have only said that if Arsenal want to sell it, then we will see,” Manuello said (via ESPN).
“I do not know where [the Napoli story] came from. We never talked to Naples and there are no other persons appointed over me that can do this, we need to clarify this.”
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From an Arsenal perspective it seemed like madness that they would look to sell an established striker considering the need for depth and options no matter who they brought in. The Gunners need to augment the striking department and as such, this rumour seemed outlandish.
While it is satisfying to hear Arsenal’s intentions aren’t to sell Giroud, the lack of striker rumours with any pure amount of substance at this point of time is worrying.
Inter Milan’s Mauro Icardi is another option we are apparently chasing, the 23-year-old is a younger alternative to Napoli’s Higuain but is clearly more of a gamble in terms of producing end product from the get go.
With Higuain, Arsenal get a 30-goal a season striker however. But will Wenger splash the cash?