One of the most active clubs in the current transfer window has been Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal, who were given a reality check last season when they failed to finish in the top four of the Premier League. The north London club has been monitoring a lot of top players, as they look to win more titles than just mere FA Cups. Though, with addition of stars, it seems that some might leave as well. One such player who is being linked away from the Emirates is striker Olivier Giroud, with a scout from Merseyside outfit Everton suggesting that a £20m deal will surely happen soon.
After it was confirmed that Lukaku would be leaving Goodison Park this summer, the Toffees were quite eager to add another player, in order to replace him and lead their front-line. England international Wayne Rooney was the main man being linked with a return to his boyhood club, though it seems now that the competition is tough between him and the 30-year-old France international.
If the sources are to believed, Giroud is not too happy about the arrival of Alexandre Lacazette at the Emirates, as it would reduce his time on the pitch even further. Last season, the attacker did not play as much as he would have wanted for the Gunners, which would have frustrated him and now this signing will not really help his cause either.
Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has confirmed that he wants to stay at the Emirates and "carry on his good journey" despite him linking with an exit from the club.
The 30-year-old Frenchman, who scored 12 Premier League goals despite starting only 11 games last season, has seen his playing time cut short due to the brilliance of Alexis Sanchez. The Chilean was deployed as a lone striker in Wenger's 4-2-3-1 earlier in the previous season, and this saw Giroud's role being reduced down to the bench. With Wenger shifting his tactics to 3-4-3 in the second half of the season, Giroud did make some appearances, but that surely isn't for Giroud at this stage of his career.
West Ham United are keen on bringing former Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez from Bayer Leverkusen back in the Premier League with the Hammers looking further on boosting their attacking unit, as per the reports from the Daily Telegraph.
The same source has also added that the Hammer have also kept the likes of Arsenal's Olivier Giroud and Chelsea's Michy Batshuayi under their radar. They, however, are looking more optimistic on roping in Javier Hernandez. Hernandez, who joined Leverkusen back in 2015 for a reported fee of £7.3 million, has only a year left on his current contract and is carrying a mere £13 million release clause on his head.
Chelsea stepping up transfer business with three deals in the pipeline, Manchester United move for Spanish striker closing in after showdown talks with current club, Liverpool's top priority in the transfer market also set for crunch talks with present club, Everton identify Premier League striker to replace Romelu Lukaku and James Rodriguez has made a decision on which club he wants to join; all this in our today's transfer round-up;
Chelsea To Complete Deals Worth £130m For Bakayoko, Sandro and Rudiger
Premier League champions Chelsea are on the verge of completing three transfer deals in this week, with AS Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, Juventus left-back Alex Sandro and AS Roma defender Antonio Rudiger are all set to move to the Stamford Bridge. The Blues will be shelling out a total of £130 million to finalize the three deals.
Manager Antonio Conte had earlied told the club that he wants his full squad available before the club heads out for pre-season and it looks like he will be getting his wishes, with Chelsea all set to complete most of their important transfer business quite early.
Zlatan Ibrahimović to receive contract offer from Spanish giants, German youngster makes revelation that he refused Liverpool, Manchester United have made a contract offer for Serie A midfield powerhouse, Leicester City keen on young Premier League striker and West Ham United to break transfer record for Arsenal man – all this in our today's Premier League transfer round-up;
Atletico Madrid To Offer Ibrahimović A Contract
Spanish club Atletico Madrid are considering offering a contract to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, to add their options in attack once their transfer ban is lifted.
The Rojiblancos were close on signing Alexandre Lacazette from Olympique Lyon, but with their transfer ban upheld, the move fell through. Now the Frenchman reportedly heading to Arsenal, Atletico are left searching for strikers and have zeroed in on the giant Swede, who is currently a free agent, after he was released by Manchester United earlier this month.
Ibrahimovic, 35, had an excellent first and only season for United as he managed to score 28 goals from 46 appearances, until a knee injury cut his season short in April. The former PSG striker is currently recuperating from his injury at United's Carrington facility. His huge wage demands could prove to be a stumbling block for Atletico. (AS)
Slaven Bilić's West Ham United want to sign Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud this summer, as per the reports from Sky Sports.
Rumours regarding Giroud's potential exit from the club have been circulating for a long time, given the fact that he only made 11 Premier League starts last season, although, he did manage to score 16 goals in all competition. With Arsene Wenger mostly preferring Chilean Alexis Sanchez as a striker, Giroud saw himself sitting on the bench for most of the time.
West Ham United, on their part, have already started off the preparation for the next season as they have already landed Manchester City's Pablo Zabaleta on a two-year deal, and if the reports are to be believed, they are currently pursuing the likes of Manchester City's Kelechi Iheanacho, Chelsea's Michy Batshuayi, Middlesbrough's Adama Traore and KAS Eupen's Henry Onyekuru.
Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has cleared off the air of his potential exit by saying that his future is written at Arsenal and has further expressed his desire of winning the Premier League with the Gunners. Besides him, Arsenal's on-loan shot-stopper Wojciech Szczesny has no agreement with Juventus, his agent David Manasseh has confirmed.
Giroud, who joined Arsenal back in 2012 from the French side Montpellier, has seen his appearances cut short this season due to the brilliance of Alexis Sanchez. The Chilean was deployed as a lone striker in Wenger's 4-2-3-1 earlier in the recently concluded 2016-17 Premier League season, and he didn't disappoint a bit.
Later shifting in the formation and the availability of the players followed and Wenger was forced to use a natural striker. The dilemma, however, came when Welbeck was declared fit to play. With the Englishman having a perfect pace to burn, Giroud only managed 29 Premier League appearances, out of which he only started 11 games. This led to the rumours that he might leave the club this coming summer with Marseille showing a potential interest. However, he rubbished all the talks and although he admits all the interest from France, he further said that his future lies with Arsenal.
Adding squad depth is essential for competition in the Premier League, where teams have fallen short at the finish line due to their inability to get enough points on the board to meet their objectives. With all of the top clubs eyeing European competition and two games per week potentially, everyone is looking to fortify their attacking talent. Phillippe Coutinho and Olivier Giroud, figureheads of their attacks at Liverpool and Arsenal respectively, are seemingly on their way out. On their way in are Ivan Perisic, who has a plethora of options and Patrik Schick, being eyed up by Tottenham as a young attacking talent.
Ivan Perisic: Chelsea or Manchester United?
Ivan Perisic has been linked with moves to top clubs in Europe, and Chelsea and Manchester United are ahead of their rivals in the race to sign him. Antonio Conte knows about his talent from his time at Juventus, while Jose Mourinho has been actively scouting him to add verve and pace to his team on the wings. He has nine goals in 28 games this season, and though his inconsistency in front of goal is well-documented, teams are looking to add him to add necessary squad depth. For £60m, more will be expected from him in the Premier League and if he can perform to his potential in a three-man attacking formation, his pace and skill will run opposition defences ragged. (La Gazetta dello Sport)
Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has said that everyone at Arsenal wants Arsene Wenger to stay and also said that all the players are right behind him.
A lot has been said about Wenger's stay at Arsenal and different reports have had different claims this year. However, Wenger, a few days back, himself claimed that an announcement regarding the same will be made “very soon” and if the reports are to be believed, then he is about to stay at the Emirates for another season running.