Reports: Olivier Giroud set for £18m Chelsea move

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The transfer merry-go-round continues this evening with reports that Chelsea are confident of signing the Arsenal striker for a fee believed to be around £18m.

The 31 year old’s departure means that the door is open for Michy Batshuayi to go to Borussia Dortmund to replace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who is in London right now undergoing a medical at the Arsenal training ground.

This will prove a bitter-sweet moment for many Arsenal fans who, quite rightly, hate everything about Chelsea and don’t want to see a rival for the top four strengthened.

However, if this was the only way to get the deal done then we were left with little choice. Of course, what we could have done was find an agreement with Dortmund 10 days ago when the delegation travelled to Germany, and given them more time to source a replacement.

We’re definitely tearing it all up during this transfer window. His sale will mean we’ll have sold a player with over 100 goals for the club, and moved on a third attacking talent after Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott.

Maybe there’ll be another twist in the story before it all goes down, but Giroud’s desire to stay in London means Arsenal are left with little choice if they want to sign Aubameyang.

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