Friday 19 January 2018

Giroud move depends on Sanchez

Giroud is wanted by Marseille, Everton and West Ham but Wenger is unwilling to sanction a deal. Photo credit: John Walton/PA Wire
Giroud is wanted by Marseille, Everton and West Ham but Wenger is unwilling to sanction a deal. Photo credit: John Walton/PA Wire

Jeremy Wilson

Arsene Wenger is refusing to sell Olivier Giroud until he has a clearer idea of whether Alexis Sanchez will stay at Arsenal or Monaco can be persuaded to sell Thomas Lemar.

Wenger is confident Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will not leave this summer, despite the deadlock in negotiations to extend a contract that expires next year.

Giroud and Oxlade-Chamberlain are in the 25-man squad that will arrive in Sydney this morning.

There is uncertainty over a long list of players, but it is the Sanchez situation that will go furthest to shaping transfer strategy.

Wenger has already signed Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette in a club-record £52m (€59m) deal and has also been trying to buy Lemar. However, with Monaco turning down the Gunners' £40m (€45m) bid, a deal appears unlikely.

Giroud is wanted by Marseille, Everton and West Ham but Wenger is unwilling to sanction a deal now and risk being left short of strikers if it is decided that Sanchez cannot be allowed to run his contract down.

Whereas Sanchez is in the final year of his contract and has been refusing a £275,000-a-week offer, Giroud is not out of contract for two years and provides Arsenal with a variety of attacking options.

Mesut Ozil's long-term future is also in doubt but both sides seem relaxed about the prospect of him going into the final year of his current deal without a new agreement being in place. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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