Marseille manager Rudi Garcia has reportedly given up hope of completing the signing of Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud.
The 30-year-old French forward has been heavily linked with a switch away from the Emirates Stadium after failing to secure regular first-team football last term under Arsene Wenger.
Giroud compatriot Alexandre Lacazette has signed for Arsenal earlier this summer and he is unlikely to fight for starting role at Emirates stadium next season due to a high competition.
French forward has been heavily linked with a return to Ligue 1, however, Marseille chief Rudi Garcia ruled out his transfer to Orange Vélodrome.
“I do not think he wants to come to Marseille, Olivier Giroud. That’s the problem,” Garcia told L’Equipe.
“It is understandable – as he is a striker with the French national team who is making progress with Arsenal – that when he does change clubs, his interests might lie beyond OM.”
Meanwhile, Arsenal have been offered a chance to sign Barcelona midfielder Rafina Alcantara around £27m, according to the reports.
The Brazil international is currently out from Barcelona’s Pre-season tour due to a knee injury.
Arsene Wenger’s side could do with signings in midfield after completing singing of Sead Kolasinac and Alexandre Lacazette up front.