Report - Valencia to target Arsenal’s Giroud as Soldado replacement?

Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly close to signing Roberto Soldado from Valencia, and the Spanish club might turn to Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud to replace their star striker.

If reports are to be believed, Tottenham Hotspur might finally be about to sign Roberto Soldado from Valencia, breaking their record transfer fee in the process. One of the hold ups in a deal for the Spain international has been Valencia’s desire to bring in a replacement for the prolific striker, and with a reported €30million fee in their back pocket, they might be considering a move for Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud.

Giroud has been in fine form in pre-season, and with Arsenal keen to strengthen their striking resources, rather than weaken them, it would be surprising if they entertained any bids for the forward they signed just last summer.

However with the Gunners; themselves keen to bring in a new striker, if Valencia were prepared to pay a significant fee for the Giroud, Arsenal might consider using that money towards a huge bid for either Luis Suarez or Wayne Rooney.

If Arsenal do land one of their top targets Giroud will only be a back-up option at the Emirates - but still a useful player with a point to prove. If Valencia were prepared to pay over £15million for him, Arsene Wenger might be tempted to sell - but there are currently no signs that the player wants to move on.

Valencia have also been linked with former Spurs player Helder Postiga and Brazil international Fred, who recently impressed at the Confederations Cup. However given Soldado’s status at the club, it will take a major signing to replace him, and bringing in Giroud alongside one of those players would be a good way to assuage fans distraught at losing their star player.

Arsenal hold all the aces in any potential transfer, with Giroud highly unlikely to push for a move they will only sell if they deem the striker surplus to requirements. It is also worth considering that Valencia are selling Soldado because of their financial problems, and so might not prepared to invest half of the fee they receive for him in a replacement.

However if Arsenal do step up their interest in Suarez or Rooney, selling Giroud for a reasonable fee could become an option, even if this is one transfer rumour which can be filed at this point under 'speculative' rather than 'likely'.

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