By Will Butcher
Ligue 1 side Marseille are interested in signing Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud, according to a Sky journalist.
Sky Sports reporter Kaveh Solhekol claimed on his personal Twitter account that megabucks Marseille are ready to splash £20million on the Gunners forward, who has been used intermittently by Arsene Wenger this season.
Marseille want Olivier Giroud from Arsenal this summer. No bid yet but willing to pay £20 million. Giroud has 3 years left on Arsenal deal
— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) April 24, 2017
It is believed that the Ligue 1 outfit have not yet tabled a bid for the 30-year-old striker, who has two years remaining on his contract with the north London giants.
It is not the first time Marseille have targeted the Premier League for new talent, with ex-West Ham ace Dimitri Payet joining Bafetembi Gomis, Abou Diaby and Patrice Evra in January.
Marseille have plenty of money to spend after being taken over by American owner Frank McCourt, who has previously owned Baseball giants Los Angeles Dodgers.
Giroud joined the Gunners from Marseille’s Ligue 1 rivals Montpellier back in the summer of 2012 and has since scored 95 goals in 220 games for the Gunners.
However, Wenger has plenty of strikers available to him in his current squad which has seen Arsenal’s number 12 start just eight Premier League matches this season.
Making 33 appearances in all competitions throughout 2016-17, Giroud has found the back of the net 13 times but could now be offloaded by the Gunners in the summer.
Football Insider verdict:
For the good of Giroud’s career, the 61-time international should consider leaving Arsenal in the summer in order to gain first-team football – despite signing a contract extension in January. Wenger has the likes of Lucas Perez, Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez available to fill the centre-forward role in a system that only incorporates one number nine. That has seen Giroud fail to gain a place in the starting eleven on numerous occasions this season, and he should leave in order to further his career as he enters his thirties. However, the striker has still proven he is more than prolific in England’s top flight and could possibly do better than sixth placed Ligue 1 team Marseille.