Emirates Stadium side keen on Ligue 1 duo.
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Arsenal ‘offer £6.4m plus Marouane Chamakh for Olivier Giroud’
Arsenal are set to open the bidding for Montpellier striker Olivier Giroud, by offering £6.4million plus the services of Marouane Chamakh, according to French reports.
Giroud is currently contracted to Montpellier until 2014, and despite seeing his £10.4million buyout clause rise to £12.8million following his side’s title success, the France international still represents good value.
ARSENAL last night emerged as contenders to sign Belgian star Eden Hazard.
Hazard wants a summer move to the Premier League and was believed to be choosing between Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea.
But Lille director Frederic Paquet revealed another club is also in the running for the £32m-rated playmaker – and Starsport understands it is the Gunners.
SOURCE: Daily Star
So as well as looking to bid big to snap up two talented Ligue 1 based stars who are very much on the rise Arsene Wenger will look to offload flop forward Marouane Chamakh into the bargain. Seems like a win/win thing.
Both Eden Hazard and Olivier Giroud have been instrumental in the title successes of their sides in consecutive seasons and both have arguably outgrown their respective sides in the process.
Belgian starlet Hazard helped Rudi Garcia’s side to the title in 2010/11 and arguably individually outdid himself in the campaign just ended, finishing as Ligue 1’s top assist making whilst also finishing as the third highest scorer to boot. The Lille man is valued at £32m by the Daily Star and that does appear to be the very least any side would have to pay for the much sought after playmaker. That fee would of course more than double the record spend forked out by the Gunners, being the £15m spent on Andrei Arshavin in 2009.
Giroud finished top scorer last term and is something of a late bloomer with the 25 year old now hitting the peak of a career that has been mainly based in the lower leagues of French football. The big forward marked his full international debut with a goal in Germany and will more than likely be in the running to start at Euro 2012, therefore it’s no surprise that Wenger would look to tie up a deal sooner rather than later.
Arsenal could well do with alternative attacking options, the aforementioned Chamakh has failed to offer adequate support to Robin Van Persie and the same could be said of Gervinho and loaned out pair Nicklas Bendtner and Carlos Vela.
Gunners fans will be keen to see their North London side finally begin to get involved in the race for the signing of established players who had previously been seen as out of their price range, this is especially true of their apparent interest in Hazard. One wonders however if Arsenal can challenge the likes of Chelsea and Man City when it comes to wage demands for the pair.