€3m bargain Arsenal striker option - 'Why change clubs mid-season?'

It does not seem as though Salomon Kalou will be coming back to the Premier League anytime soon.

Last summer Chelsea decided that they would not offer a new contract to a number of players - one of which was Ivorian international Salomon Kalou.

The forward spent the majority of his time at Stamford Bridge playing second fiddle or out on the wing, despite considering himself a striker.

He moved to French Ligue 1 outfit Lille on a Bosman deal last summer and has so far not looked back.

After a slow start he finished last season in incredible form.

His form for Lille in the second half of the campaign was impeccable. Kalou played 15 times for Lille in the 2013 section of 2012-13 and scored an impressive 12 goals in that period - often as the lone front-man.

This season has not been so good for the player on a scoring front - with just six goals in 19 appearances for the club.

But that has not stopped his name being linked with a move back to London - with Arsenal reportedly the favourites to snap him up and Liverpool also linked.

The main reason for this is perhaps the reported €3 million release clause he has in his contract - which is of course an absolute bargain.

But that was seemingly put into doubt by the comments of his chairman Michel Seydoux earlier in the week - when he stated:

"At €87 million, perhaps he might go," he said. "And even then only maybe. Salomon is part of the project, in the plans. We need him. I don't want him to go and he wants to stay."

French chairman have a tendency to go over the top on their valuations of players. Remember Montpellier valuing Remy Cabella at €100 million?

So this may well be a ‘back off’ strategy.

But here’s the thing, they don’t need such a policy.

Because Kalou does not want to leave.

The Ivorian has told French press today:

"I am here. Why change clubs mid-season? We started well and I will continue through [to end of the season]. We are all fighting for the same cause; there is a mindset here that I have never found elsewhere."

Another potential striker target off the list then for Arsene Wenger and co.

image: © Ben Sutherland

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