The Ligue 1 champions have come to terms with loosing their star striker this summer, and vice-president Laurent Nicollin has confirmed that Arsene Wenger’s side are close to finalizing a deal for the highly rated forward.
The Gunners are reportedly close to agreeing a fee believed to be in the region of £12.8million with the French club, and the final steps will be put into motion after the French’s Euro 2012 campaign.
Laurent Nicollin told French newspaper Midi Libre:
Discussions are happening in a cordial fashion.
Things are moving serenely.
Giroud will join fellow new signing Lukas Podolski at the club as Wenger attempts to strengthen his side that have lacked the killer punch and necessary depth to win silverware in the past number of seasons.
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The Montpellier striker, who is currently with the French squad, scored 21 goals in his sides league victory, and was the joint top scorer in Ligue 1 and has been tracked by a host of top class European teams.
The Frenchman will provide a more than able backup to captain and talisman Robin van Persie, and will enable the team to be rotated throughout the hectic fixture schedule the Premier League side will encounter.
Speaking of the Dutchman, signs are looking up even more that he will be wearing red and white next season, as favourites for his signature Manchester ‘Moneybags’ City will reportedly refuse to pay more than £15 million for the Premier League golden boot striker.
Goal.com have revealed City have balked at Arsenal’s £25m evaluation for their star striker who turns 29 in August.
A goal.com ‘source’ revealed:
The numbers do not add up for City. They are not willing to pay more than £15m on top of marquee wages.
If indeed the cash-rich side did want to lure RvP they would have to fork out a big money salary in the region of £200,000-a-week, so they are keen to reduce the huge transfer fee as they look to cut their insane expenditure.
Van Persie is expected to enjoy a family holiday after their early exit from Euro 2012 so further negotiations over his future will not be undertaken for some weeks.
Now that Manchester City could possibly pull out of attempting to steal the Dutchman away, and Barcelona too not interested, it is seeming even more likely that RvP will remain a Gunner next season.
As to whether he re-signs a new contract this summer remains to be seen, but if Wenger can indeed bring in Giroud and possibly M’Vila then Van Persie will hopefully be convinced that Arsenal have ambition and can win trophies, and consequently sign a fresh deal.
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