Giroud happy to leave Arsenal in Higuain swap, says agent

Reports in Italy claim Arsene Wenger hopes to sign the Argentine for €50 million plus his current first-choice striker and the Frenchman would have 'no fear' in joining Napoli

Olivier Giroud is open to leaving Arsenal in a swap deal involving Gonzalo Higuain, the striker's agent has confirmed.

Reports in Italy on Tuesday claimed Arsene Wenger hopes to agree a deal worth €50 million plus Giroud with Napoli for the Argentina international having previously missed out on Jamie Vardy.

Higuain has been linked with a move to the Premier League since his spell at Real Madrid and Giroud's agent Michael Manuello insists his client would not stand in the Argentine's way.

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"If he was asked to leave, then we would evaluate his options," Manuello told Radio CRC.

"There is no fear from Olivier about possibly going to Napoli: it is a magnificent city. In Campania, my client could lead a wonderful life.

"Not to mention that the type of game played by [coach Maurizio] Sarri could enhance the quality of a centre forward like him."

He added: "Olivier is an Arsenal player. So far there has not been any communication [with Arsenal] or contact with Napoli. If Arsenal tell us to leave, then things change."