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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.
The Gunners are long-term admirers of 25-year-old Giroud, who enjoyed his best season in professional football last term, scoring 21 goals in 36 matches as Montpellier secured their first ever Ligue 1 title.
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.
However, Arsenal are hoping to do business on the cheap, with RMC reporting that manager Arsene Wenger is set to offer just over £6million in cash, plus a ready made replacement in Chamakh.
On the face of it this seems like a wise move by Arsene Wenger but of course the completion of such a deal has to presuppose that the Ligue 1 champions want Marouane Chamakh, a player who has spent the best part of 18 months forgetting everything he previously knew about scoring goals or being of any use whatosever. This may be a big ask.
Olivier Giroud is an in-form striker, the Montpellier man finished top score in Ligue 1 last term and was instrumental in guiding his side to their first ever domestic title and forced his way into the French national team set-up as a result, scoring on his full debut against Germany no less.
Marouane Chamakh is not an in-form striker, the Moroccan scored just one goal in 19 matches last term and that goal came against relegated Blackburn Rovers. The 28 year old has fallen down the pecking order and to add insult to injury the Arsenal man was dropped by national team boss Eric Gerets for the opening 2014 World Cup qualifying matches.
So this source basically suggests that both players are of a similar value, i.e. Giroud has a release clause of £12.8m and the Gunners are willing to offer £6m in cash and the faltering striker. This seems unlikely to gain much traction with Montpellier boss Rene Girard, who may just prefer the full sum and not this fairly unappealing swap offer.