Arsenal are in talks to sign Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for a reported £53 million.
A deal for the 28-year-old Gabon international is seen as the sort of marquee signing that Arsenal need, especially with the expected departure of Alexis Sanchez this week.
Aubameyang has been a consistent scorer for Dortmund for several years and is rated as one of the top strikers in Europe. While the Bundesliga side have always previously rebuffed any interest from other clubs, they apparently have indicated that they may be prepared to sell now – possibly because he has had disciplinary problems at the club in the past year.
A fee of £53 million has been speculated, although Dortmund are said to be wanting £60 million, so this could be the cue for protracted negotiations – although Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is thought to want to conclude his transfer business as soon as possible.
With Sanchez set to go – although Manchester City have pulled out of a potential deal over Sanchez’ reported £400,000-a-week wage demands – and Theo Walcott also seemingly heading out of the exit door, Wenger needs a high-profile signing to appease fans, who are unhappy at the club’s current league position and seeming inability to hold onto their biggest stars.
Speaking of Sanchez, he could now go to Manchester United in a player-plus-cash deal, although that could be dependent on whether Armenian winger Henrikh Mkhitaryan is prepared to move in the other direction.
Should Mkhitaryan and Aubameyang both join Arsenal – and it is a very big ‘if’ – it would reunite the pair who had great success together at Dortmund.