Reports suggest that Lyon have ended their reported interest in acquiring the services of Arsenal’s French forward Olivier Giroud as they’ve claimed that the Gunners are bent on keeping hold of their striker for next season’s proceedings.
The French side recently completed the signing of Chelsea’s Bertrand Traore. The disclosure of the Ligue 1 side’s end of interest in Giroud was reportedly made by Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas during the unveiling of the Ligue 1 side’s new forward recruit.
Reports from the London Evening Standard indicate that he made the following comments to reporters: “Arsenal want to keep [Giroud]. We don’t want to stockpile forwards.”
Aulas had in a separate interview, previously stated that Giroud had plans and was poised to make himself Arsene Wenger’s first choice striker at the Emirates for the forthcoming 2017/2018 campaign.
Reports linked Giroud with a move to Lyon, and rumors also suggest that he is a major target for Slaven Bilic’s West Ham, and a £20m price tag has been reportedly mentioned as the valuation of the striker.
However, if Aulas’ supposed assessment of Giroud’s position at Arsenal is correct, the hammers may be in for a disappointing end to their pursuit of the French man. Giroud made the move to Arsenal from Montpellier in June 2012 in a reported £9.6m deal. He has scored 98 goals in 226 games for the Gunners in his five-year stay so far at the Emirates.