Spanish La Liga side Malaga was bought in June 2010 by Sheikh Al Thani, a member of the Qatari royal family, so they are not struggling for money. His spending power has seen the club rise up the Spanish league, and they claimed a spot in next season’s champion’s league competition.
Malaga need a new front man to partner Julio Baptista since Dutch striker Ruud van Nistelrooy retired from football. Arsenal should beware, because the man they have selected for the job is Montpellier star Olivier Giroud, according to Talksport.
Giroud scored 25 goals from his 43 appearances for Montpellier as they pipped PSG to the title. He has a contract with Montpellier until 2014, so the club will want to get as much as possible for the hit man. It is believed that the player himself has told the club that he wants to move on to a bigger club.
Arsenal were hoping to sign the striker for a cut-rate price of £10 million, but with super rich Malaga in the frame they may have to stump up a lot more. Giroud has told the press that he will not do anything about his future until after Euro 2012.
Giroud has only made five appearances for France but he will be hoping to add to that this summer and earn himself a big move. Keep your eyes out for him.