AC Milan and Napoli are seriously considering a January move for Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud after he admitted he was becoming frustrated with life on the bench at the Emirates.
The France international is yet to start a Premier League game this season after a delayed start to the campaign following Euro 2016 and a subsequent toe injury.
In his absence Arsenal have not lacked for goals with Alexis Sanchez leading the line superbly in his absence. The Chilean has eight goals to his name already and is the club’s joint top scorer alongside Theo Walcott, with Mesut Ozil having also bagged seven.
Giroud has admitted this week that while he wants to remain at Arsenal but says he is becoming fed up with a bit-part role and insists this cannot continue.
SportMediaset report that Giroud’s words have attracted AC Milan and Napoli with both clubs keen to strengthen their attack when the transfer window reopens in January.
AC Milan hope to be able to use their new Chinese investment to bring in reinforcements with Carlos Bacca’s future at the club currently under some scrutiny.
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Napoli, meanwhile, are in the hunt for a replacement for the injured Arek Milik who has suffered an anterior cruciate ligament tear and is not expected back until February.
Giroud has 18 months left on his current deal and his frustration at not starting is understandable although Sanchez’s form suggests he may struggle to regain his place in the starting XI.
The striker, who turned 30 in September, has vowed to fight for his place, but may find it difficult particularly with competition for a starting spot set to hot up when Lucas Perez and Danny Welbeck return from injury.