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Agent responds when asked whether he's had contact about Giroud-Higuain part-exchange deal

Olivier Giroud celebrates after scoring the second goal for Arsenal

Napoli's Gonzalo Higuain has been strongly linked with a move to Arsenal.

Olivier Giroud celebrates after scoring the second goal for ArsenalOlivier Giroud celebrates after scoring for Arsenal

The agent of Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has told Tutto Mercato Web that he has not held any talks with Napoli over a potential part-exchange deal for Gonzalo Higuain.

Last week, Sky Italia's Gianluca Di Marzio reported that Arsenal were looking to snap up Napoli hitman Higuain, but in a bid to bring the asking price down, they were willing to throw Giroud into a deal.

Giroud, 29, has had his fair share of detractors since his 2012 move from Montpellier, but he enjoyed his best goalscoring season to date last term, finding the net 24 times in all competitions.

Olivier Giroud celebrates after scoring the first goal for Arsenal

The Frenchman, who hit three goals for France at this summer's European Championships, has been heavily criticised for his inconsistency with the Gunners, and many believe that another striker must be signed if Arsenal are to end their wait for a Premier League title.

That's where Higuain would come in. The former Real Madrid star broke the Serie A scoring record last season with 36 goals in 35 games, and his exploits in Italy appear to have caught the eye of Gunners boss Arsene Wenger, who has shown his willingness to splash the cash in recent years, bringing in the likes of Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Granit Xhaka to the Emirates Stadium in big-money deals.

Napoli's Gonzalo Higuain celebrates after scoring against UdineseNapoli's Gonzalo Higuain celebrates after scoring against Udinese

Rumours surrounding a potential part-exchange deal involving Giroud and Higuain have been rampant over the past week, but Giroud's agent has moved to play down the talk.

Michael Manuello has told Tutto Mercato Web that he has not held any talks with Napoli about a proposed deal, and Giroud would only consider leaving if Arsenal told him they no longer wanted him at the club, with the Frenchman willing to embrace competition in light of Danny Welbeck's injury.

France's Olivier Giroud

"Everything I've read on the Giroud is not true," said Manuello. "I personally have only said that if Arsenal want to sell him, then we will see. But today, he is an Arsenal player and not even for a minute have we thought of another project, I would like to stress."

"No, no," Manuello continued when asked whether he'd had contact with Napoli. "I do not know where this story came from. We never talked to Napoli, and there are no other persons appointed over me that can do this, we need to clarify this. You always need two strikers, Welbeck is out for nine months unfortunately. And it's quite normal, if you play in a great team, it is natural that you should face strong competition," he added.

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