by Nia Griffiths
Olivier Giroud is set to sign a new deal worth £130k a week, according to reports.
The Metro is claiming that the deal, said to be for three years, has already been done and will make the striker one of our highest earners, along with the likes of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez.
I find myself sitting on the fence with this one. £130k a week is a lot, if the reports are true, and it is close to what our top players are earning. Although the Frenchman has scored 58 goals in 134 appearances since he joined us in 2012, I’m still not sure I’d say he’s one of our best.
However, if you look at what some of the top teams’ strikers make, it doesn’t look that ridiculous. Well, of course £130k a week is ridiculous in anyone’s language but, in terms of footballers wages, I mean. For example, Diego Costa is apparently on £185k a week, while Sergio Aguero is reportedly on £225k.
Although many would claim that these two players are better in terms of quality than Giroud, does that gap in quality really call for such high sums of money? I don’t believe the gulf between them is that huge, if I’m honest.
Money talk aside, if Giroud has indeed signed another deal with us, I’m happy.