Arsenal are prepared to use Olivier Giroud as a makeweight in any deal to sign Kylian Mbappé or Alexandre Lacazette.

Manager Arsene Wenger has publicly declared he would like to keep the 30-year-old but the club’s pursuit of a big-name striker this summer is a clear indication Giroud is viewed as inadequate for the challenges that lie ahead.

The Frenchman started just 11 Premier League matches last season as Alexis Sanchez assumed the centre-forward position before Danny Welbeck returned from injury to become Wenger’s first-choice, starting last month’s FA Cup Final victory over Chelsea.

Arsenal have already had an informal £87 million bid for Mbappé rejected by Monaco — although the Gunners officially deny any offer — and are considering whether to make another attempt now France have concluded their summer fixtures.