The agent of Olivier Giroud has admitted that a move to Napoli would be an attractive proposition for his client as rumours of Arsenal’s interest in Gonzalo Higuain intensify.
Sky Sports understands that the Gunners have made contact with the Argentine striker’s brother over a possible move for Higuain, who bagged 36 Serie A goals for Napoli last term.
The 28-year-old would cost Arsenal a club-record fee and there have been suggestions that they could offer Giroud in part-exchange, an option which seemed welcomed by the Frenchman’s agent.
Mickael Manuello told Radio CRC via Sky Sports: “There is no fear in Olivier going to Napoli, it is a magnificent city.
“In Campania, my client would lead a wonderful life, not to mention that the type of game orchestrated by Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri could enhance the quality of a centre-forward like him.
“At the moment, Giroud is an Arsenal player. If he was asked to leave, then we would evaluate our options.”
It has long been the opinion in some sections of the Emirates that Arsenal are a top forward short of winning the Premier League title. Giroud has been good for them, but maybe not good enough.
The 29-year-old has not hit the 20-goal mark in a season in any of his four years at Arsenal – his highest tally being 16. Higuain would be a major step up and could finally deliver a title to North London.
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