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Borussia Dortmund are ready to make a move for Olivier Giroud after the Arsenal striker admitted he is considering quitting the Emirates, writes John Cross in Sydney.
The France striker fears the arrival of £52million record signing Alexandre Lacazette has put his Gunners future in doubt.
And it is Dortmund who are the surprise team in the frame to sign Giroud as they look for a replacement for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who is set to join Chelsea. Giroud’s move to Dortmund will depend on Aubameyang leaving.
Everton, West Ham, Marseille and AC Milan are all interested in the 30-year-old who knows he must start regularly this season or risk losing his place in his national squad for next summer’s World Cup.
Giroud, who signed a new three-year deal in January, even spoke in the past tense as if his career at Arsenal is coming to an end after joining in 2012.
Talking at the club’s launch of their new third choice kit in Sydney, he said: “It (leaving) is an option to be honest with you.
“I’m here in pre-season, I wanted to travel. Some people asked me if I am going to travel or not. I am an Arsenal player and for the moment I am here. I just want to prepare well for the season and we will see later.
“But it is true that I really enjoyed my five years with Arsenal. I try to be professional. No matter what happens, I did my job on the pitch.