There is a fair bit of Arsenal transfer rumours floating around at the moment, however mainly negative as it looks likely that two likely transfer targets Ajax’s defensive beast Jan Vertonghen and France international striker Olivier Giroud will not be joining the Gunners this summer.
The Montpellier striker Olivier Giroud, who was believed to be right at the top of Wenger’s shopping list has revealed that his agent is in talks with Bayern Munich, effectively ending any speculation with the Gunners.
The Frenchman has had a sensational season helping the Ligue 1 side to the top of the table, after netting an impressive 21 goals this season. His club’s owner Louis Nicollin has priced his star man at a crazy £50million, but he most likely fetch around the £15m mark.
The Daily Mail have revealed Giroud’s comments surrounding his future:
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I personally had no direct talks with Bayern Munich, but my agent has.
Bayern Munich’s French players [Bixente Lizarazu and Willy Sagnol] talk of the positive experiences they had in Munich. All players have always told how friendly they were received, how happy they were there and how they were treated.
Tottenham are absolutely my favourite. Tottenham is a fantastic football club that has the tradition I want. They buy young, eager, offensive-minded players.
[But] the Ajax board are asking for a very big amount for a player whose contract is running out in year. I trust that both Tottenham and Ajax will put some water in the wine and they will soon reach an agreement.
While it leaves a sour taste in your mouth that the Spuds acquired Vertonghen ahead of the Gunners, he was never really that close to coming as he wants consistent game time. This is something he certainly won’t get at Arsenal as Wenger already has an array of centreback options including the best partnership in the Premier League Vermaelen and Koscielny.
But it is a shame that Giroud won’t be making his way to the Emirates this summer as he would transform the Gunners striking lineup into one of the best in England, and if Van Persie was to leave this summer then he would have been an ideal replacement to compete with Podolski for the centre forward striking role.
But not to worry Gooners there will be some good news coming shortly, especially with Van Persie set to enter talks next week about his future with Wenger and I am quietly confident that he will in fact re-sign with the Gunners, and you never know M’Vila may well be an Arsenal player any day now…