Olivier Giroud’s agent has claimed that his client would have no hesitation in joining Napoli should a swap deal go through between the Italian club and Arsenal also involving Gonzalo Higuain, according to reports in ESPN.
The reports have been pouring in since yesterday linking Higuain to Arsenal in a record-breaking £50 million deal with Giroud said to be a makeweight in the deal.
The Frenchman had a disappointing campaign last season, as he went 15 games without scoring a goal during which the Gunners surrendered their title challenge.
The striker has received plenty of criticism from majority of Arsenal fans last season, but he seems to have gotten his form back after impressing for France in the Euro’s.
However, we might not see the lanky Frenchman in an Arsenal shirt next season after his agent confirmed in an interview that Giroud would be happy to join Napoli while also claiming that the Italian club’s style of football will get the best out of his client.
Speaking to Radio Crc, Mickael Manuello said:
“As of today, Giroud is an Arsenal forward. If they were to ask him to leave, then we’d evaluate the situation.”
“There would be no fear for Olivier to go to Napoli, as we’re talking about a magnificent place.”
“In Naples, my client could have a wonderful lifestyle, not to mention that Maurizio Sarri’s style of football would get the best out of a striker like him.”
There’s always a thing with Giroud that he doesn’t have the quality of a top striker but he isn’t a bad striker either. He is somewhere in between which is the reason for majority of Arsenal fans frustration.
He is completely a beast on his day, but completely disappears on an off day. If you see the Gunners failed Premier League challenges, it’s those 2-3 games stretch where they find it hard to put the ball past the opposition keeper and it’s in these games Arsenal need a striker who can deliver the killer blow which the Frenchman lacks.
Higuain is in multiple ways similar to Giroud, but has the two things that the Frenchman doesn’t posses in his Arsenal, pace and killer instinct. Throughout his career, the Argentinian has maintained great consistency in his goal tallies every season, which is just what the Gunners are in need of.
Getting back to the transfer itself, even with Giroud being used in the deal Higuain might still cost north of £40 million which is huge when seen from a Wenger perspective. There are other alternatives in the market who cost less than that, but they hardly bring the killer instinct that the Argentinian brings so it might be worth the risk.