Giroud set to join Arsenal for bargain price at £9.6million
Arsenal are close to completing a deal to sign Montpellier striker Olivier Giroud, the club’s deputy president has confirmed.
The 25-year-old Ligue 1 top scorer hit 21 goals in 36 league games to send his side to an unexpected first ever league title in France last season.
Despite this recent success, Giroud has expressed his desire to sign for the Gunners according to his own manager, René Girard, who talked to French radio station RMC last week.
“Discussions are happening and going well, as part of the [release] clause set. Things are moving serenely”, revealed Montpellier’s deputy president Lawrence Nicollin.
Giroud will sign on a four year deal when the European Championships end, with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger getting his man for a bargain price of £9.6 million (12 million euros) after invoking a release clause in the player’s contract.
Reports in France suggest an Arsenal player still could be made part of the deal, with Marouane Chamakh high-up on Montpellier boss Giroud’s wish list this summer.