Telegraph: Major Arsenal development in hunt for elite striker
Arsenal have had a bid of £55.4million accepted by Borussia Dortmund for their winger Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, making him the club’s most expensive player, according to a report by a reliable journalist.
The Telegraph’s Jeremy Wilson declared the news on Monday that the Gabon international – who has already agreed £180,000-per-week personal terms with the north London club – can now finally get his move to the Premier League, as long as the Bundesliga outfit can find a replacement for the 21 goal attacker.
Olivier Giroud continues to be an option the German’s are considering and Arsenal would be willing to allow the Frenchman to leave either on loan or permanently in order to increase his chances of being France’s number one striker going into this summer’s World Cup.
Should the deal go through before Wednesday’s deadline then it will be Arsene Wenger’s third signing of the transfer window – adding to Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Konstantinos Mavropanos.
Discussions between the German club and the Gunners have been ongoing for the past week.
BVB had previously rejected two bids, one of which was at £44m from the English top-flight side.
This latest development ought to give Dortmund enough time to seek an alternative to Aubameyang.
Football Insider verdict:
If the report is correct and Dortmund have agreed a fee with Arsenal to allow Aubameyang’s transfer to go through then it will be music to the ears of the Arsenal faithful. The Gabon international will prove more than a capable replacement for the now departed Alexis Sanchez, whose form had dropped this season amidst speculation of a move away from the Emirates. It’s a move that will also see the player link back up with his former Borussia Dortmund teammate, Henrikh Mkhitaryan. The two created a fantastic partnership in the Bundesliga and it will be interesting to see if they can recapture that in the Premier League.
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