It’s amazing what can happen in the space of the day in the world of transfer rumours.
Friday was a great example of that, with France Football revealing just before lunch that Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud had apparently received a few phone calls from Rudi Garcia, Marseille’s current manager.
According to the magazine’s website, the French manager had reached out to the 31-year-old about a possible move from the Emirates to the Stade Vélodrome in the summer, with the player’s replies kept conveniently quiet.
However, it appears the journalist providing the information might need to double check his sources if Giroud’s agent is to be believed.
Following the claims, Le Figaro in France reached out to the Arsenal star’s representative, who vehemently denied the claims published in France Football.
He said: “It’s a lie, there’s nothing going on between the player and Marseille. I can’t say that nothing will happen this summer, but currently, it’s not a topic of discussion”.
Olivier Giroud very recently signed a new contract with the Gunners, keeping him at the club until 2020, and while that showed the club’s trust in their striker, a lot can change between now and next season.
With Arsène Wenger’s future in the balance, a change of manager come the end of the season could spark a mass exodus from the club from players loyal to the Frenchman, which you would think would include the France international.
That, and the fact the veteran goalscorer only has seven starts to his name in the Premier League this season.