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Ronald Koeman will turn his attention to Danny Welbeck if a deal does not come through for Olivier Giroud.
Everton’s boss has Giroud as a top target – but the Arsenal forward wants to see if he would be included in manager Arsene Wenger’s plans for the coming season.
However, Koeman needs to strengthen his attack since the Toffees sold off Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United for £75m.
Although they have acquired the services of Sandro Ramirez and Wayne Rooney this summer, the club is still in the market for a new striker that can act as a genuine target-man – and has the speed to frustrate teams.
Welbeck would command a price tag of £30m in today’s transfer market and has links to the Merseyside club through former Old Trafford teammates Wayne Rooney.
From the Gunners’ viewpoint, they would profit almost double the £16m they paid Manchester United for the striker three years ago.
With boss Arsene Wenger adamant that Alexis Sanchez is not leaving the club this summer and, having signed Alexandre Lacazette this summer, there is room for them to allow either Giroud or Welbeck to quit if the price is right.