Minggu, 10 Juni 2012

Summer Transfer Window Euro Edition: France's Olivier Giroud

Olivier Giroud had a breakout year for Montpellier as he helped lead them to the title in the French Ligue 1 while also earning himself a role in the French national team as he is preparing for Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine. Giroud scored 21 goals for Montpellier this season and with a release fee of 12.8 million euros (16.1 million dollars), he will be a bargain for a lot of top tier sides. So, who will be going after the French international.

Arsenal
Even though they signed Lukas Podolski and have Robin van Persie, Arsene Wenger is looking at Giroud as he looks to possibly offer Marouane Chemakh in a deal for Giroud. Giroud would Wenger another dangerous goal scorer as that would be a huge improvement at striking depth compared to this year. Arsenal can also give him the guarentee of being in the Champions League just like Montpellier which could be key in trying to sign him. Arsenal is definitely going to try to sign Giroud as they certainly will have an excellent chance.

Tottenham
Tottenham need some new strikers as Giroud could be the backup plan if they are unable to keep loan wonder Emanuel Adebayor. However, Giroud would be able to be potentially as good as Adebayor as he knows how to score goals and is a true number nine. Giroud could be that true striker that could help lead Tottenham back to the Champions League after they just barely missed out on next year's Champions League due to Chelsea victory in this year's final over Bayern Munich. Giroud might have to battle Jermaine Defoe for the starting spot but Giroud could be a very good upgrade at White Hart Lane.

Malaga
Cash-rich Malaga are looking to find a replacement for the recently retired Ruud Van Nistelrooy and Giroud is their number one target after his dominant season in Ligue 1. Giroud would be the perfect fit beside striker Salomon Rondon as that would give Malaga a prlific pair of starting strikers before the new La Liga season starts and it would also help them out as they prepare for the Champions League. Giroud could end up at Malaga but a move to the Premier League still seems more likely.

QPR
QPR have been linked with a move for Giroud as Mark Hughes is looking for a proven goal scorer in their attempt to avoid a relegation battle. Bobby Zamora has been fairly good but Giroud would definitely be an upgrade for the Loftus Road club. Giroud would definitely be a starter for QPR as owner Tony Fernandes would love to have a star like Giroud. However, QPR are not that big of a club and a successful move for Giroud would be a major surprise.

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