Emirates Stadium boss lines up duo bid.
Arsenal are lining up a double attacker swoop as Arsene Wenger looks to bring more firepower to a Gunners squad that currently over-relies on Dutch international Robin Van Persie. The Emirates Stadium manager will look to complete his move for Koln forward Lukas Podolski and then push on with a signficant offer for Montpellier striker Olivier Giroud.
Wenger has been disappointed by the lack of impact made by a number of his support strikers over the past three seasons and will look to start afresh by using the sales of some to fund moves for the aforementioned pair, both of whom are in arguably the form of their careers.
26 year old Polish born German international Lukas Podolski has netted 16 goals this term despite the fact that his Koln side are battling the drop. Many sources believe a deal is practically signed and sealed and Wenger will complete the £10.9m move just as soon as the summer transfer window opens as the Arsenal boss is keen to avoid leaving such dealings until the last minute, as he did last year.
Wenger will then look to meet Montpellier’s asking price for Giroud, said to be in the region of £15m, who’s good form this term has earned him a call up to the French national team, a chance the 25 year old has grabbed with both hands, scoring in his first start for Laurent Blanc’s side against Germany in February.
Giroud’s goals have propelled previous mid-table Montpellier to the top of the Ligue 1 table and in sight of their first ever domestic title.
The former Tours and Grenoble forward will look to push himself into a regular starting spot in the national team for the upcoming Euro 2012 finals, another reason why Wenger will look to complete a deal for the powerfully built striker so as to pick up the in form marksman before any potential price hike resulting from a good showing in Ukraine and Poland.
Arsene Wenger will listen to offers for a number of those under-performing members of his squad but will specifically look to cash in on forwards Marouane Chamakh, Nicklas Bendtner and Carlos Vela. Ivory Coast international Gervinho has had a stuttering first campaign at the North London club but is thought to be safe from the cull.