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'It's a lie' - Arsenal striker Giroud's agent dismisses Marseille transfer talk

14:56 GMT+3 08/04/2017
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A return to his native France has been mooted for the Gunners forward, but his representative has suggested that a move to Stade Velodrome is unlikely

There is no substance to reports linking Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud with a summer transfer to Marseille, according to his agent.

It has been suggested that the Ligue 1 outfit have already made contact with the France international regarding a return to his homeland.

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The speculation has been sparked by Giroud’s lack of starts with the Gunners this season, with the 30-year-old cutting a frustrated figure at times.

His representative has, however, sought to play down talk regarding a possible switch to Stade Velodrome.

Michael Manuello told Sport24: “It’s a lie.

“There’s nothing going on between the player and Marseille.”

Giroud has been handed just seven Premier League starts by Arsene Wenger this season.

Alexis Sanchez has filled a central berth for much of the campaign, while Danny Welbeck has been slotted straight back into the side after returning from injury.

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Despite a lack of opportunities, Giroud has still managed 13 goals in all competitions.

He has previously expressed a desire to reach 100 efforts for the club – a total he is currently five short of – but Manuello concedes that a move could be made when the window re-opens if suitable offers are tabled.

He added: “I can’t say that nothing will happen this summer, but currently, it’s not a topic of discussion.”