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Valbuena? Was good before, don't know about now.
Yeah, but I haven't heard much from him this season. I think maybe the Ayew brothers are over-shadowing him.
I believe he only came good this season and I'm not even sure if he's even that good. There are better options out there IMO.
I think you're wrong too, there's nothing to do with those 2 ones.
Le nouveau André-Pierre Gignac.
Saw Giroud last night and he was impressive. Could be a good 2nd striker that won't overshadow Torres (as least initially!) and won't cost £25m+. I think he would be worth considering.
Arsenal's interest in Olivier Giroud looks like being over after Montpellier's colourful chairman demanded £40m for the in-form striker.
Newcastle had been strongly linked with the 25-year-old at around £8.3m before Alan Pardew said today they would not sign a forward until summer.
Montpellier owner Louis Nicollin responded by calling the St James' Park club "too small" for Giroud in the first place and slapping the highly optimistic price tag on his 13-goal hitman.
Nicollin, whose surprise side are second in Ligue 1, said: "Newcastle? They are too small for him. Arsenal? You would have to see if Arsene Wenger is interested but, as before, there is Van Persie.
"And at 10million euros? No. Given that he still has more than two years of contract, it will cost more.
"He has a contract until 2014, so 50 or 60million euros at least."
RMC INFO SPORT - According to reports, Arsenal will start discussions with Olivier Giroud in the coming hours.
I didn't think that there's be much of interest in RMC.fr's - no, I don't know how reliable they are -article
closing in on Montpellier forward Olivier Giroud, but it's nice to be wrong. Although Arsenal look like they're in pole position to nab the striker (and for fairly cheap, too - €12M is the quoted price), Montpellier president Louis Nicollin has indicated he'd be more than happy to deal withChelsea
Le club de Louis Nicollin préférerait le transférer à Arsenal ou Chelsea pour récupérerMarouane Chamakh
, en prêt, dans la transaction.
Loosely translated, that means that Montpellier would have preferred to sell to Arsenal or Chelsea because they want one of Marouane Chamakh or Romelu Lukaku on loan. Google translated, it starts talking about Yoann Gourcouff because Google Translateis possessed by some sort of demon witch or something
Anyway, this is of interest on two fronts. One is that we could probably acquire Olivier Giroud and for fairly cheap if we wanted. If Arsenal are in for him while Robin van Persie is there, he must be willing to play second fiddle, and since Chelsea can offer higher wages it wouldn't be impossible to snatch him out of the Gunners' cold, grasping hands. Secondly, it sounds as though Montpellier could be a completely viable loan option for Lukaku, which would be fantastic - he'd be playing in a competitive league and potentially in Europe too.
So keep an eye on this transfer. I don't expect anything to go through soon, but if Arsenal do buy Giroud and don't send Chamakh the other way, I could definitely see Lukaku heading to France. And if they don't manage to secure that deal, Giroud would be a very nice option for Chelsea anyway.
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