Everton are reportedly set to return for Olivier Giroud in January and this time they’re probably more likely get their man.
Ronald Koeman failed to replace Romelu Lukaku after the Belgian signed for Manchester United in the summer and with the rumoured £75m burning a hole in Everton’s pocket, the Mirror claim that they’re willing to pay £40m for Giroud in January.
£40m is double what the Toffees were allegedly willing to cough up in July and considering the soon-to-be 31-year-old is out of contract in June 2019, you have to admit this would be a massive offer.
The BBC’s David Ornstein claims that Arsenal were willing to sell Giroud in the summer if he wanted to go but the France international chose to stay, saying that while he’d prefer to be playing, his ‘heart and soul’ prevented him from leaving.
“There was something in my soul and in my heart which told me to stay,” Giroud said back in August.
“I’ve been hesitating because I’m the most happy man when I play and I am on the pitch.
“But I keep the faith and I still believe I can have an important part to play this season in the club and I feel good in my head and also physically.
“So I am 100 per cent focused on the club project. I’ve been through five amazing years here so I felt like the story had to continue.
“There are nice days to come from me in an Arsenal shirt.
“Good competition is always good for the team – it forces you to always give your best.”
This time, Everton are far more likely to be successful in their pursuit of the striker.
Giroud’s once again struggling for game time this season having made zero Premier League starts.
What’s more, with Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Jack Wilshere all potentially leaving for free next summer, Arsenal could probably do with that £40m.
Will Giroud decide to tough it out? Will he be able to to convince his wife, Jennifer, to move up north? His spouse of six years was reportedly put off by the idea during the summer.
We’ll have to wait and see.