Reports in Italy claim Arsenal are ready to offer Olivier Giroud to Inter Milan in a bid to sign Argentine striker Mauro Icardi this summer, as they were also supposedly willing to do in their failed pursuit of Gonzalo Higuain.
Arsenal are confident that the inclusion of Olivier Giroud will tempt Inter to agree on a deal for Icardi, Italian media claim.
According to Corriere Dello Sport, however, Arsenal are ready to submit a bid for the striker in the hopes that around €30-35 million in cash plus French international Giroud is enough to convince the Nerazzurri to let him go.
Giroud was one of France’s key men in their Euro 2016 campaign, appearing in all nine of their matches and scoring three goals.
But Inter Milan sporting director Piero Ausilio has already made it clear that Mauro Icardi is not for sale at any price, amid growing speculation claiming the player was in advanced negotiations over a transfer to Napoli. Arsenal are also desperate to seal the transfer of Icardi as Wenger looking for reinforcements in the attacking department.
The Argentine striker was reportedly close to agreeing on a deal that would see him move to Inter’s rivals Napoli as a replacement for Gonzalo Higuain, who joined Juventus last month.
Wenger has already missed out on striking targets Higuain and Jamie Vardy and Arsenal fans will almost certainly be concerned with the club’s recruitment strategy in terms of landing a new forward.
The young Argentinean forward scored an impressive 22 league goals last season and has followed that up with another 16 this campaign. He is starting to show consistency in his goal scoring and, at just 23-years-old, he still has room to improve.
It must be said that Icardi is not a typical Wenger number nine. The striker doesn’t pride himself on his link-up play, but instead builds his game around his instinctive finishing and positioning.
He is a decent height standing at 6ft and wins a respectable 41 per cent of his aerial duels.
Icardi is not known for his pace but is certainly a quicker option than Giroud and may thrive off the creativity from the likes of Mesut Ozil behind him.
Playing in a struggling Inter Milan side, the forward manages just 1.98 shots per 90 minutes, but has an impressive conversion rate from those, scoring 0.56 per 90.
This compares well with Giroud, who has taken on average 3.73 shots and scored 0.5 goals per 90 minutes.