Manchester United’s pursuit of Olivier Giroud has suffered a significant blow.
Yesterday, it emerged that Giroud was on United’s radar as the club steps up its pursuit of a reliable striker to come in and lead the line.
Erik ten Hag has made no secret of his wish to acquire reinforcements going forward. Giroud was linked as a legitimate target in this respect.
It was indicated that while United are interested in France’s all-time top goalscorer, the player’s primary intention is to stay at the San Siro.
If the Serie A champions were satisfied with the 36-year-old and wanted to keep him, Giroud would stay.
Italian journalist and transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has provided an update on United’s interest in Giroud.
Romano relays, “Despite links with Manchester United, AC Milan can’t lose Olivier Giroud now.”
“It’s [losing Giroud to United] seen as impossible.”
“Giroud is expected to sign a new deal in the next weeks or months after a verbal agreement was reached in December.”
🚨🚨🌕| Despite links with #mufc, AC Milan can’t lose Olivier Giroud now, it’s seen as impossible. Giroud is expected to sign a new deal in the next weeks or months after a verbal agreement was reached in December. [@FabrizioRomano]
— centredevils. (@centredevils) January 4, 2023
Beyond Giroud, the Red Devils are reported to have two other strikers on their list: Kolo Muani and Marcus Thuram.
Romano indicated yesterday that United do indeed have Muani on their list but as in Giroud’s case with AC Milan, Eintracht Frankfurt are also hell-bent on keeping the player at least until the end of the season.
United were said to be preparing a January bid of up to €60m for Muani.
With regard to Thuram, Ten Hag is reportedly a fan and a contract proposal has already been made with United keen to ward off competition for his services.
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