According to the Daily Mirror, German giants Borussia Dortmund have entered into formal talks over signing Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud this summer.
The 30-year-old had been strongly linked with a £20million move to the Gunners Premier League rivals Everton. However, it seems that Dortmund could be set to land the striker, as they are reportedly set to sell star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Chelsea for a fee in the region of £65million.
Despite the reported talks with BVB, Everton are still the favourites to sign the French striker at odds of 10/11. The Merseysiders will no doubt be monitoring the situation carefully, as they look for a like-for-like replacement for Romelu Lukaku.
The striker scored in the Gunners 3-1 win over Western Sydney Wanderers on Saturday, as he spearheaded Arsenal attack. New signing Alexandre Lacazette also started the game after scoring on his debut as a substitute.
Giroud now firmly backup
Olivier Giroud struggled to play regular first-team football in north London last season, as he made just 11 Premier League starts. The arrival of his compatriot Lacazette from Lyon will only push the 30-year-old further down the pecking order at the club.
Giroud is unlikely to start ahead of club-record signing Lacazette when the Premier League campaign kicks off in August. The former Montpellier star is unlikely to be satisfied by a season on the Gunners bench, especially with a World Cup in just under a year’s time.
The striker will want to play regular first-team football at a high standard. A move to Dortmund would provide him with Champions League football and regular action in a very competitive league.
No major surprise if he leaves
It is understandable that Giroud’s future at Arsenal is in doubt. It would not be a major surprise now if he moved on this summer. The first signs that he was no longer considered first choice were last season when he struggled for starts in the top-flight.
The French striker has done a decent job for Arsenal, but come up just short of being the prolific striker the Gunners have needed in recent seasons.
I am sure Arsenal fans would wish him well if he wanted to leave the club. He did his best for the team and scored goals. However, if Lacazette hits the ground running next season and Giroud leaves the club I doubt many Arsenal fans will miss the experienced striker.
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