Olivier Giroud’s agent rules out Arsenal exit amid Gonzalo Higuain link

Olivier Giroud's agent pours cold water on talk of the Arsenal striker moving to Napoli this summer

Olivier Giroud’s agent has ruled out a move to Napoli amid talk of the Arsenal striker being used as a makeweight in a potential deal to sign Gonzalo Higuain.

The Argentina striker’s agent is reported to have told Italian radio station Kiss Kiss – as reported by the Daily Express – that the Gunners had offered £42m plus Giroud in an ambitious attempt to sign the former Real Madrid front-man.

Higuain, who has also been linked with a move to Serie A champions Juventus in the summer transfer window, netted 36 times in 35 Italian top-flight games for Napoli last season which set a new record for the division.

Giroud, in contrast, only found the net in 16 of his 38 Premier League appearances, although the France striker did finish as Arsene Wenger’s top goal-scorer in the English division.

However, the 29-year-old’s agent, Michael Manuello, is adamant that Giroud won’t be moving to Naples in the near future despite recent transfer speculation suggesting otherwise.

“Everything I’ve read on the Giroud is not true. I personally have only said that if Arsenal want to sell him, then we will see,” Manuello told TuttoMercatoWeb.

“I do not know where [the Napoli story] came from. We never talked to Naples and there are no other people appointed over me that can do this. We need to clarify this.”

Giroud moved to Arsenal in a £10.6m deal from Ligue 1 side Montpellier in 2012.

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The France centre-forward has won two FA Cup crowns since his move to the Emirates Stadium four years ago.

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