Milan Desperate to Take Arsenal Striker in Loan Deal

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AC Milan are set to make an audacious bid for Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud, 31, according to Italian news outlet, Newsmondo.

The news is sure to put Everton on alert after the Merseysiders failed to tempt him to Goodison Park last summer. Convinced they had landed him in a £20m deal, the transfer collapsed when Giroud admitted that his wife did not want to move to Merseyside.

Milan, aware the French international is concerned about his place in his country’s starting XI, want him to spearhead their challenge for the Serie A Champions League places.

Currently, the Rossoneri sit 8th, seven points behind Sampdoria who occupy the league’s last European place. Milan’s new owners are desperate to restore the club to Europe’s elite but the inconsistency which dogs their season is becoming a genuine concern.

Vincenzo Montella was sacked as Milan boss last week after the goalless draw in the Turin derby. Gennaro Gattuso suffered the ignominy of giving Benevento their first point of the season when a 95th-minute equaliser by their goalkeeper brought about a 2 – 2 draw.

The complication is Milan are likely to be disappointed with UEFA’s reaction to their request for exemption from FFP regulations likely to be rejected. The limitation on the size of the Milan squad may scupper their Giroud ambitions.