On Tuesday, Arsenal announced that they have reach a long-term contract agreement with France international Olivier Giroud, according to the club’s official website.
Giroud passed his medical on Monday night, and will become an official member of Arsenal Football Club when the summer transfer window opens on 1 July.
In 2011-12, the Montpellier talisman bagged 21 goals in 36 league games, making him the joint top goalscorer in Ligue 1.
The 25-year-old Frenchmen is Arsene Wenger’s second summer signing, with forward Lukas Podolski already having sealed a move to north London.
“I am delighted to be here at Arsenal and to be part of one of the great teams in English football,” said Giroud. “It’s a huge satisfaction to join this great club and it’s been a dream since I was young to play in the Premier League.”
Sigurdsson to Spurs?
According to Sky Sports, Tottenham Hotspur are ‘winning the race’ for Gylfi Sigurdsson, with Liverpool and Swansea City also keen on the 22-year-old attacker.
Sigurdsson spent last season on loan at Swansea City, where he tallied seven goals and three assists in 18 league appearances for Brendan Rodgers’ side.
This summer, Rodgers left Swansea for Liverpool. Shortly thereafter, Liverpool upped their interest in Sigurdsson. Coincidence? I think not.
Prior to Rodgers’ switch, Swansea had agreed to a club-record £6.8million fee for the Iceland international, pending a medical. However, the medical never took place.
Now then, it seems that both Liverpool and Swansea are getting the raw end of the deal, with Spurs reportedly set to offer TSG 1899 Hoffenheim £8million for Sigurdsson’s services.
The former Reading attacker has two years left on his current contract, but does not seem to be in Hoffenheim’s future plans. A move seems rather imminent at the moment.
Guidetti wants Lazio move
Highly-rated Manchester City striker John Guidetti has his sights set on playing in Italy’s Serie A, according to Roberto De Fanti, with Lazio reportedly interested in the Sweden international.
Guidetti spent last season on loan at Dutch Eredivisie side Feyenoord, bagging 20 goals in 23 league games, raking in the goals like a Swedish slot machine on full tilt.
Subsequently, Guidetti is not willing to return to City to play for the reserves next season.
“I cannot hide, I have spoken with Lazio about Guidetti because several Italian and European clubs like him,” revealed Guidetti’s agent Roberto De Fanti.
“He is the best under-21 striker in Europe, he played well in a league where champions like (Ruud) Van Nistelrooy and (Marco) Van Basten found their limelight.”
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