Arsenal will have to fight off the advances of mega-rich Malaga if they want to bring Olivier Giroud to Emirates Stadium this summer.

The Montpellier striker put in some impressive performances last season and talkSPORT are claiming Gunners manager Arsene Wenger is keen to recruit the Ligue 1 joint top scorer.

However, the report also claims the north Londoners could be drawn into a bidding war with the Spaniards, who are searching for a replacement for retired Dutch striker Ruud van Nistelrooy.

Montpellier would not be averse to such a situation, as Malaga were purchased by a member of the Qatari royal family two years ago and have considerable spending power.

There have also been reports of a possible swap deal involving Giroud and Arsenal flop Marouane Chamakh.

Giroud scored 21 league goals last season, firing Montpellier to their first ever French title and his form also won him a place in the Laurent Blanc’s Euro 2012 squad – any deal is unlikely to be completed until after the tournament in Poland and Ukraine.

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