Everton have established themselves as the early winners in the Premier League transfer market this summer, with Ronald Koeman’s side landing an array of exciting additions at Goodison Park.
The Toffees have already landed Jordan Pickford, Davy Klaasen and Henry Onyekuru so far and deals seem imminent for Burnley defender Michael Keane and Malaga striker Sandro Ramirez, in arrivals that significantly bolster their ranks.
Everton’s summer spending spree, which is already their biggest in the club’s history, is not set to end their though and The Sun are amongst a number of outlets suggesting the Toffees will rival West Ham and Marseille for Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud.
30-year-old Giroud faces a huge 12 months as he looks to retain his spot leading the line for Didier Deschamps’ France but his first-team opportunities at Arsenal are set to decrease dramatically, as the Gunners close-in on a club-record signing of Lyon forward Alexandre Lacazette.
Giroud, hardly the most popular figure amongst fans at the Emirates Stadium, could now force an exit from north London as he seeks more regular opportunities and Everton could be the ideal fit for the veteran.
Everton seem highly likely to lose Romelu Lukaku this window and the Toffees approach of trying to find a number of names to replace the Belgian in the side seems a much more sensible approach than going all-out to land one top-striker.
21-year-old Sandro Ramirez, who netted 14 goals in 30 appearances for Malaga, can be developed into a top class striker on Merseyside but the addition of Giroud would reduce the pressure on the young Spaniard.
Of course, replacing Lukaku with Giroud will attract negative headlines as the two players are certainly incomparable but the French striker may be the ideal fit for the Toffees, especially if he’s partnered with the right players.
Giroud’s inconsistency at Arsenal can be attributed to the fact that he’s never really be utilised correctly by the Gunners, as Arsene Wenger has often deployed the striker as a lone forward; with it being clear Giroud thrives with partners.
With the likes of Ramirez and Klaassen potentially provide support to Giroud, Everton could get the sort of performances from the French striker that he’s displayed consistently for his national side- showing Arsenal their mistakes in the process.