The future of Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud is up in the air after the France international suggested he is unwilling to sit on the bench next season.
Giroud endured a frustrating campaign at the Emirates, often playing understudy to Alexis Sanchez and attracting criticism from fans when he did play.
With the prospect of a World Cup just around the corner, Giroud has hinted at a move away in order to secure a spot in the national team. Here, we take a look at some possible destinations.
Giroud has already suggested he would prefer to stay in the Premier League and West Ham are known to be chasing someone to lead the line. They have been linked with a succession of strikers but Giroud is a proven goalscorer in the top-flight and staying in London is likely to appeal to the Frenchman, who has been at Arsenal since 2012.
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Marseille are reported to have made Giroud their primary target this summer, with a fee of around £20million mooted to try and lure the striker back to France. They have previously signalled their intent with the signing of Dimitri Payet and have the money to tempt Giroud away.
On the face of it, it’s an unlikely transfer. Monaco play a high-energy, attacking game and there may not be room for Giroud to fit in as a first-choice striker, particularly with Radamel Falcao already doing a similar job leading the line. However, Arsenal have been linked with a world-record move for Kylian Mbappe and Giroud could be offered in exchange for the teenager.
There have been no obvious links between Giroud and Newcastle but it would make sense if Rafael Benitez was to enter the market for him. The Magpies have a long tradition of goal-scoring number nines and Giroud would follow neatly in the footsteps of Alan Shearer and Andy Carroll. Newcastle are in need of a proven scorer while Giroud could be a fans’ favourite on Tyneside, in stark contrast to his relationship with the Arsenal supporters.