Everton scout Carlo Jacomuzzi has claimed that his side are set to sign Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud for £20 Million this summer, a fee he described as a bargain.
The Gunners are on course to land a deal to bring Alexandre Lacazette in from Lyon currently, with a club record deal expected to be confirmed in the near future, and Olivier Giroud looks on course to be the biggest loser in the deal.
Giroud had reserved hopes of being the club’s first-choice striker coming into the new campaign, but this record deal looks certain to see him fall down the pecking order, and with the World Cup coming up next summer, he may be tempted by the offer of first-team action.
Everton are now supposedly ‘going’ to sign our goalscorer in a £20 Million deal, having given up on signing Napoli’s Zapata, at least that is according to a Blues scout.
‘When asked if they were still interested in signing Zapata, Jacomuzzi responded: “Not anymore.
“We are going to sign Giroud for £20m – a bargain compared to the €25m being asked for Zapata”, Jacomuzzi added.
Giroud’s exit would mean that Lacazette and Danny Welbeck would be the only recognised central attacking players, although the latter has been known to be preferred in a wide position. You would imagine that these options would be lacking, and that another attacking player would be on our wish-list coming into the new season.
Kylian Mbappe is still being speculated about, and would no doubt be a huge scalp should we manage to pull it off, but I’m refusing to allow myself to get too carried away with the possibility of signing him…
Are Everton trying to use Giroud’s supposed availability to lower the fee of Zapata or do they really believe a deal will be struck? Would we need another striker along with Lacazette if Giroud was sold?