By Matt Bullin

Arsenal have opened formal transfer negotiations with Borussia Dortmund over the transfer of Olivier Giroud, according to a report.

The Mirror claims the German giants see the 30-year-old striker as a potential replacement for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who is a target for Chelsea this summer.

It is said Giroud is valued at £35million by the Gunners, and Dortmund have opened talks over a summer transfer, as the Blues’ pursuit of Aubameyang gathers pace.

The report states Dortmund is the Frenchman’s preferred destination, despite the fact he has previously been linked with Premier League clubs West Ham and Everton.

The 30-year-old was used sparingly by Gunners manager Arsene Wenger last term, and he only started 11 Premier League games.

However, Giroud still managed to score 16 goals in 2016-17, and he has been prolific since he joined the club five years ago.

He arrived at the Emirates in the summer of 2012 in a £10million switch from Montpellier, and he has since played 227 league and cup games, which have yielded 98 goals.

Football Insider verdict

After the arrival of Alexandre Lacazette, Arsenal fans will not be too sad to see Giroud go. However, he has been a reliable performer for the club since he signed on in 2012, and his goals will undoubtedly be missed. For Dortmund, it is a slightly odd move, as there is no way Giroud can replace Aubameyang in their line-up.  Also, it is surprising the Frenchman’s £35million price tag has not put them off, given his age, and the other options which could be available for a similar fee. It would be a good boost for Wenger’s transfer budget nevertheless, and he should now too to bolster his defence.

In other Arsenal news, Wenger has made a stunning offer for this Premier League midfielder.

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