Giroud close to sealing Gunners switch
Olivier Giroud could be an Arsenal player on Tuesday after Montpellier president Louis Nicollin revealed a deal had been completed.
Giroud was part of Laurent Blanc's Euro 2012 squad which was knocked out by Spain in the quarter-finals on Saturday and now his domestic future is set to be resolved. The 25-year-old scored 25 goals for his club last season to help Montpellier win the Ligue 1 title, igniting the interest of several top clubs. Last week, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger revealed a deal was "90%" complete as he looked to add the promising Frenchman to his squad, which has already been bolstered by the arrival of Germany forward Lukas Podolski. Speaking to French newspaper Midi Libre, Montpellier president Nicollin confirmed the transfer had been completed after Arsenal met the player's release clause, which is understood to be in the region of £13million. "I wish him success, as he is a good guy," Nicollin said. Arsenal have not yet made any official comment, but Press Association Sport understands an announcement by the Barclays Premier League club is imminent.