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ARSENAL have rebuffed Chelsea’s approach for Olivier Giroud.
The Blues are desperate to bolster their attacking options before Wednesday’s deadline.
And while talks are ongoing for Roma striker Edin Dzeko, alternatives are being looked at.
Antonio Conte wants a target man to act as support for Alvaro Morata, with Michy Batshuayi still potentially leaving Stamford Bridge this month on loan.
A number of players have been enquired over including West Ham’s Andy Carroll and Stoke’s Peter Crouch.
Chelsea, though, have encountered further frustration with Giroud.
Despite Arsenal looking to bring in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, according to Gianluca Di Marzio, Arsenal will not allow Giroud to join their London rivals on loan.
It is claimed the Gunners are reluctant to let the France international leave on a temporary basis.
Starsport understands Dortmund have looked into taking him as part of the deal for Aubameyang, but he is not set to be involved in the proposed transfer.
Arsenal have said no to Chelsea, and it appears Giroud has a similar attitude to the idea.