According to the BBC, Arsenal could announce the arrival of French Striker Olivier Giroud as early as this week. Giroud is currently with the French squad for Euro 2012.
The Frenchman’s manager at Montpellier, Rene Girard, was quoted on RMC, a French radio station, saying “Arsenal are very interested and Giroud wants to play in England, if Arsene agrees with the president, he will sign for them.”
It is understood that Arsene Wenger wants Giroud to partner both new acquisition, Lukas Podolski and crowd favourite Robin Van Persie to form a new front line at the Emirates.
Giroud scored 21 goals from 36 appearances for Montpellier last season, including 2 hat-tricks in the French Lique 1.
The deal is believed to be around £12m.
Arsenal are looking into the possibility of signing French International, Olivier Giroud, to strengthen their options going forward ahead of the 2012/13 season. The Montpellier striker has been prolific this season, contributing 25 goals and 9 assists in league and cup and playing an instrumental part in Montpellier’s first ever league championship.
Giroud finished the season as the league’s top scorer and earned himself a call-up to the French preliminary squad for the Euros. Affectionately dubbed as “The Charm Striker” by the French media as a reference to his good looks and personality, on the field the 25 year old is known for his size and physical style of play. Arsene Wenger believes Giroud to be the perfect option to partner Robin Van Persie and add some robust and vigour to his side.
According the The Mirror, Arsenal are ready to offer £6.5 million plus Marouane Chamakh to Montpellier for the Frenchman’s services. Chamakh, 28, has failed to impress at the Emirates since moving on a free transfer in 2010 and is now considered suffice to requirements at the North London club.