The silly season merry-go-round continues to spin, and this ride appears to be speeding up and spiralling in all sorts of directions as once again there are many contrasting reports surrounding this.
I have correlated the general consensus and here is the very latest news with less than two days remaining of the transfer window.
Chelsea have had a bid rejected by Arsenal for Olivier Giroud of around £20 million yesterday, despite the Di Marzio camp reporting that the two clubs had agreed a £15 million fee.
The majority of the other top English sources including Matt Law of The Telegraph and David Ornstein of The BBC have reported that a fee has NOT been agreed, and in fact Arsenal are holding out for £30 million, according to the reputable Dean Jones of BR Football.
Ornstein states that the two clubs will continue talks today in order to come to a resolution for a fee for the 31-year old French striker, but Chelsea have also enquired yesterday about signing Tottenham’s Fernando Llorente, who is allegedly wanted by Antonio Conte over Giroud.
This was rejected immediately by Spurs, unless Michy Batshuayi was included in the deal. However, he has no interest in joining them so that ended that one.
The Belgian international is dead set on joining Dortmund now, who want to bring him in on loan initially to replace the departing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Now this of course is where the love triangle comes in to play. Chelsea will only allow Batshuayi to leave if they source a replacement, same for Dortmund and Aubameyang, and yes you guessed it, same for Arsenal and Giroud.
So for me the ones who will be most desperate to complete this linked deal is Arsenal, who need reinforcements up top after losing key man Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United. They NEED Aubameyang and have had a fee agreed with the German side, but they need to source a replacement first.
With Giroud wanting to stay in London, he is out of the equation. So if Arsenal really want to sign the Gabon international, they will need to drastically lower their fee to around £20 million for Giroud, in order for Chelsea to be interested in playing their part in this deal.
This window is far from over.