Marseille boss Rudi Garcia has admitted Olivier Giroud is a target but says he does not think that he wants to join the French side.
Giroud’s future has been the subject of speculation all summer, despite the forward and Arsene Wenger both insisting he is staying.
However, the arrival of Alexandre Lacazette means Giroud may see even less playing time next season, which continues to fuel rumours he could depart.
A move to Marseille does look unlikely though, with Garcia not hopeful of being able to secure a deal for the France international.
“I think he does not want to come to Marseille, Olivier Giroud. The problem is that,” Garcia said via The Metro.
“It can be understood, when you are the striker of the French (national) team, he’s eventually going to change clubs … this shows that we still have barriers to cross to be completely attractive.”
Giroud proved last season what a crucial squad member he is, contributing vital goals and assists and an important Plan B option for Wenger.
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Despite the rumours it seems he will be staying at the club next season, another boost to the club as they hope to mount a title challenge after last season’s disappointing fifth placed finish.