After stories emerged yesterday linking Olivier Giroud with West Ham, there were further reports last night that Arsenal were in negotiations with Chelsea over a deal for the French international.
A fee of around £15m was mentioned, and in the current climate that seems particularly low for a player who has been a reliable, consistent goalscorer in the Premier League.
Chelsea’s interest in any striker over 5’9 has been made very public in recent weeks, and in that sense Giroud would fit the bill for them. However, as one of the rivals for a top four spot, you might question the wisdom of doing any business with them that might make them stronger.
It was believed that Giroud’s desire to stay in London was key to their pursuit of him, but last night more detail emerged over the Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang situation, and according to kicker – who broke the latest developments on Sunday night – there’s still a possibility of the 31 year old going there as part of that deal.
He’s a player they’ve been interested in for some time, with Giroud turning down a move there during the summer, while Chelsea’s main interest is reportedly Sp*rs striker Fernando Llorente.
Whatever happens, it feels like there’s a big transfer merry-go-round happening, and the next few days could prove to be very interesting.
The window closes at 11pm tomorrow night, so buckle up, it feels like there’s going to be a few twists and turns along the way.