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Emirates Stadium set sights on striker with hugely inflated price tag.
Arsenal line up move for Montpellier’s £50m-rated France forward Giroud
Arsene Wenger has instructed chief French scout Gilles Grimandi to compile a dossier on Montpellier striker Olivier Giroud.
And Wenger has asked former Arsenal defender Grimandi to keep a close eye on Giroud’s form between now and the end of the season.
Grimandi will report back to Wenger with his assessment on the 25-year-old centre forward towards the end of the current campaign.
Giroud is viewed as one of the hottest properties in France having followed up last season’s 14 goal haul with 22 so far this season.
Negotiating a fee could prove difficult, however, after Montpellier owner Louis Nicollin said recently that it would cost at least £50million to prise Giroud away from France.
SOURCE: Daily Mail
Yes negotiating a fee may well be difficult as no side is going to fork out even half the valuation that Montpellier have placed on in form striker Olivier Giroud. Clearly the Ligue 1 table toppers, looking good to secure their first ever title, want to cash in on their prized asset or perhaps they want to scare off prospective suitors, either way at that price the 25 year old is going nowhere.
Arsenal could well do with alternative attacking options as the likes of Marouane Chamakh, Nicklas Bendtner, Carlos Vela and Gervinho have all failed to offer Robin Van Persie effective support over the past few seasons and there is a real need to remedy that problem this summer.
Lukas Podolski apparently moves ever nearer to moving to the North London club but there may be a need for more than one new addition to Arsenal’s attacking ranks.
Giroud is something of a late bloomer, enjoying his peak form after proving a success in the lower leagues with Tours and Istres. The big forward has been impressive since breaking into the French national team set-up, scoring in his first start for Laurent Blanc’s side, away in Germany no less.