Arsenal striker linked with £25m return to France

Arsenal striker linked with £25m return to France

Olivier Giroud could be heading back to France in the coming days, with reports suggesting Marseille are confident of landing his signature this summer.

The future of the France international has been uncertain for some weeks, having expressed his disappointment at the lack of first team starts he received at Arsenal last season. Although he scored 16 goals, of his 40 appearances he was in the first eleven on just 17 occasions.

And even though Alexis Sanchez is tipped to be heading out of the door this summer, the chances of this resulting in a more prominent role for Giroud look slim after Arsene Wenger paid a club record fee in excess of £50million for compatriot Alexandre Lacazette, the prolific Lyon man.

Everton and West Ham United have widely been linked with offering the 30-year-old the chance to prolong his career in the Premier League, but the Telegraph claim Marseille are increasingly confident of luring the former Montpellier man, a Ligue 1 title winner in 2012, back to France.

Even though Giroud recently spoke of his willingness to battle for his future at the Emirates Stadium next season, earlier this summer he revealed in an interview with Telefoot: “I am not insensitive to the approaches of the French clubs and especially that of a mythical club like Marseille.”

Marseille are thought to be willing to offer around £25million for the Arsenal forward, which is more than the fees the Toffees and the Hammers have been reportedly willing to pay for his services. It would also help the Gunners recoup a large portion of the Lacazette outlay.

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