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Premier League champions Chelsea’s search for a striker in the transfer window has been well documented, and now it seems they have turned their attentions to city rivals Arsenal’s French striker Olivier Giroud.
Chelsea have been linked with numerous strikers this month, including Stoke City’s Peter Crouch, West Ham’s Andy Carroll and Burnley’s Ashley Barnes. They have also lodged a bid with Roma for Edin Dzeko and are in talks with the club and player over a deal.
However, should a deal not be agreed with Dezeko, Giroud has emerged as another contender. He has been in and out of the Arsenal side this season – he has four goals in 15 Premier League appearances this season – and could be tempted by a move. He turned down a transfer to Everton in the summer as his wife didn’t want to leave London – but with Chelsea this wouldn’t be an issue.
But any transfer would depend on whether Arsenal strike a deal to bring Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to the Emirates Stadium. Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has been open about his pursuit of the striker, however Arsenal’s latest bid of £52 million is still some way below Dortmund’s valuation of him, and there is talk that the German side’s bosses are getting frustrated with the London side’s tactics in the negotiations.
There is also the prospect that Giroud could play a part in any deal for Aubameyang, such as moving on loan to Dortmund for the remainder of the season.
Another question is whether Chelsea boss Antonio Conte actually wants Giroud. He has talked of a need for a striker, but has claimed that he has little – if any – influence on transfers at Stamford Bridge, with the club deciding on targets.
Conte appears to be increasingly frustrated with the transfer situation at the club, but that is another story…
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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.
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Liverpool and Egypt forward Mohammad Salah has been named African Footballer of the Year, ahead of his Premier League team-mate Sadio Mane.
Salah has been in scintillating form for the Reds this season, and is the Premier League’s leading scorer this season with 13. He had also had a stellar 2016/17 season with Roma in Serie A, being named their Player of the Season after finishing as the club’s top goalscorer with 15 goals in all competitions (14 in Serie A) and six assists. This caught the eye of Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, who paid a then club-record fee of £36 million to bring him to Anfield.
The 25-year-old also played a key role in Egypt qualifying for their first World Cup since 1990, scoring 5 goals in their qualification campaign, including both goals in the decisive 2–1 victory over Congo, one of which was a penalty in the last minute.
Senegalese striker Mane, who was a key player for Liverpool in the 2016/17 season and also helped his national team to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, was second. Borussia Dortmund and Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was third, ahead of Chelsea and Nigeria wing-back Victor Moses and RB Leipzig and Guinea midfielder Naby Keita.
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Mid-table Premier League side Everton are targeting Borussia Dortmund’s star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the upcoming January transfer window, according to reports.
Everton, now managed by former England boss Sam Allardyce, are in the market for a striker, having failed to replace Romelu Lukaku who left for Manchester United in a £75 million move last summer. It appears Allardyce is aiming high by targeting prolific Gabon striker Aubameyang, with a bid of £60 million mooted.
Reports from Germany say that Dortmund are prepared to sell the striker, even though he has scored 19 goals in 20 appearances in all competitions this season for the club.
While Everton cannot offer European football – having been knocked out of the Europa League at the group stage – they do have the finances for such a deal, and Allardyce is targeting a marquee signing as a statement of intent about the Toffees’ ambitions.
However, if Aubameyang is available for sale, there will be no shortage of clubs from the Premier League around Europe who would also be queuing up for his signature – no doubt many who could offer Champions League football in the future.
File this one under ‘ambitious’.
Premier League champions Chelsea have been offered the chance to buy Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for £70 million – but face competition for his signature.
Blues boss Antonio Conte is known to want to boost his forward line – with Diego Costa seemingly on his way out of the club – and, after failing to land Romelu Lukaku, who went to Manchester United, Aubameyang could fit the bill.
Chelsea have been offered the chance to sign the Gabon international, who scored 42 goals for club and country last season, according to sources at Sky Sports.
However, several other clubs are also interested in signing him. AC Milan –where Aubameyang started his career – are said to be already in talks with him, and Paris St-Germain and Chinese side Tianjin Quanjian are also believed to be preparing offers. However, the Chinese transfer window shuts on Friday so any deal involving the latter would have to be completed quickly.
Aubameyang, who has 3 years left on his contract at Dortmund, has previously said that he had ambitions to play in the Premier League one day. However, whether that will be at Chelsea remains to be seen.