Emirates Stadium side go head to head with La Liga big spenders in pursuit of French international forward.
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Arsenal face competition from big-spending Malaga for French striker Olivier Giroud.
Arsene Wenger has reportedly made the Montpellier frontman his number one target for this summer after being impressed by the 25-year-old’s stunning form as his side won the French title.
But according to AS, Malaga have also taken a shine to Giroud and are desperate for a replacement for Ruud van Nistelrooy, who retired at the end of the season.
And Montpellier are keen for a bidding war to develop as Malaga have cash to burn having been taken over by a member of the Qatari royal family in the summer of 2010.
That could price Arsenal out of any deal with Montpellier likely to want well over £10m before they would consider selling their star asset.
Indeed in today’s transfer market it would surely take a fair bit more than £10m to snap up Ligue 1’s top scorer Olivier Giroud. Arsenal are not known for splashing the cash and therefore if a bidding war ensues with the cash-rich La Liga side Malaga then Arsene Wenger may lose out on the French international.
Montpellier may feel they have no chance of keeping the 25 year old, who was instrumental in helping his side to their first ever Ligue 1 title, and therefore will instead settle for the best price they can get for the big forward.
Wenger could well do with new attacking options, the likes of Marouane Chamakh, Nicklas Bendtner, Gervinho, Carlos Vela and Park Chu-Young have all failed to offer reliable support for Robin Van Persie and the addition of Lukas Podolski is a good step in the right direction but the Gunners boss wants to bring in another striker.
Malaga could also do with new striking options. Though Manuel Pellegrini secured a Champions League spot he did so despite a distinct lack of firepower. The La Rosaleda side’s top scorer, Salomon Rondon, only managed 11 goals and they had to greatly rely on goals from the midfield and wide areas, hence the need to make a move for Giroud.