By Will Butcher
Olivier Giroud’s agent has denied reports suggesting that his client had staged talks over a possible move from Arsenal to Ligue 1 outfit Marseille.
France Football claimed that the 30-year-old striker had been in contact with Marseille boss Rudi Garcia, as the cash-rich French side look for a proven goalscorer.
However, RMC Sport presenter Mohamed Bouhafsi revealed on his personal Twitter account that Giroud’s agent Michael Manuello had denied reports suggesting Giroud had opened negotiations with Garcia.
“gent, Michael Manuello, denied me formally of the discussions or any telephone exchange with Garcia,” Bouhafsi revealed.
— Mohamed Bouhafsi (@mohamedbouhafsi) April 7, 2017
Giroud has previously told French radio station RMC Sport, as quoted by France Football, that he would consider a move to Marseille in the future.
“The OM? One day, why not, never say no. But my future in the short and medium term, I see it in England. That’s why I extended my contract until 2019 with Arsenal, ” Giroud said.
With the summer transfer window looming, Marseille could look to bring the 61-time France international Olivier Giroud to the Orange Velodrome sooner than the end of his contract.
Giroud, who joined the Gunners from Montpellier way back in the summer of 2012, has scored a total of 95 goals for Arsene Wenger’s side in 217 league and cup appearances.
However, Arsenal’s number 12 now has a decision to make at the Emirates Stadium, with his game time severely reduced as competition in the final third proves too strong.
The likes of Alexis Sanchez, Danny Welbeck and Lucas Perez are all vying for a place in Wenger’s starting line-up, which has seen Giroud make just seven league starts this term.
Football Insider verdict:
A move to Marseille and back to his home country would serve Giroud well. Able to afford his wages following the takeover of American owner Frank McCourt, who previously owned Baseball giants LA Dodgers, Marseille would be able to pay Giroud handsomely in a country where he is admired for his international exploits with Didier Deschamps’ national side. Arsenal’s target man is a proven goalscorer in France and also has a winner’s medal with Ligue 1 outfit Montpellier from the 2011-12 season. A move would prove beneficial for Giroud as he would get his career back on track, as his current season under Wenger has proven to be frustrating for the Frenchman.
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