Italian club Roma’s Sporting director Monchi has said that club would have launched an offer for previous Gunners star Olivier Giroud if Chelsea had taken their star forward Edin Dzeko in January.
Giroud was compelled to a starting role this season at Emirates after the landing of former Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette as manager Arsene Wenger generally chose the French forward in the Europa League this season.
Furthermore, after they chose to get another striker in Aubameyang, the previous Arsenal number nine made the change to the London side’s main rivals Chelsea for £18 million for one and half year deal with a hope of more game time.
But prior to Giroud’s transfer, Chelsea furthermore enquired about Roma’s Edin Dzeko as another potential enlistment and was almost on the verge of signing the player. But due to improper transfer demand and variance in individual terms, Dzeko’s deal halted however they managed to purchase another player of theirs, left back Emerson Palmieri for £17.5m.
And now the Serie A club’s sporting director Monchi has uncovered that Giroud was on the top of the list of Roma’s forward target had Chelsea met the oncoming demands for Edin Dzeko and the club besides considered signing another Chelsea player Batshuayi who apparently left for Dortmund on loan for whatever remains of the season.
“We started talking to Chelsea about Emerson and only later did Edin’s name enter the conversation,” Monchi told Sky Sport Italia.
“They made us an offer and we replied with a new proposal. The English club never satisfied our demands and that is why the negotiations were not finalised.
“No club is happy to sell its best players, but if an important economic offer arrives, it’s impossible not to evaluate it. We certainly would’ve signed an important striker to replace him, perhaps Giroud, because otherwise the fans would quite rightly have been angry.
“We have a lot of faith in Patrik Schick and Gregoire Defrel, but we would 100 per cent have signed another forward if Dzeko had left in January.
“Along with Giroud, there was also the option of Michy Batshuayi. People talk about Schick being expensive, but so far we have only spent €6m on him and that is very important for us. He is a centre-forward who can also play on the wing.”
Since touching base at Stamford Bridge, Giroud has shown up in three constant matches and as of now registered one goal and three assists to his name.