Olivier Giroud could make Italy move next summer

Olivier Giroud has suffered a slow start to the season with Arsenal, and is yet to start a Premier League game for the club.

Giroud scored his 100th Gunners’ goal from the penalty spot in the 4-2 Europa League win over BATE Borisov at the start of the month, and got the winner as a substitute in the 4-3 opening day defeat of Leicester City at the Emirates.

However, Arsene Wenger has preferred to use Alexandre Lacazette and Danny Welbeck up front, limiting the 31-year-old’s game time.

The Frenchman admitted he was “very close” to signing for Everton in the summer, but rejected the move after discussing it with his family.

He also claimed that Lyon and Marseille were interested in his services, but Giroud expressed a desire to remain playing in the Premier League.

And now, two more teams are preparing to offer the striker a route out of the Emirates, with Italian giants Juventus and Inter Milan believing his lack of game time may make it easier to prise him away.

CalcioMercato claim Giroud is being targeted by Juve as a replacement for Mario Mandzukic, while he would add to Inter’s options up front if he was to move to the San Siro, with Mauro Icardi currently their only recognised striker.

The Italian sides will reportedly make their move at the end of the season, and as he will be approaching 32 by then, Giroud will surely be more tempted to leave than he was by Everton.

Since joining the Gunners from Montpellier in 2012, he has become a cult hero at the Emirates.

During his time at the club, he has won the FA Cup three times, and scored a century of goals in 237 appearances.

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