Arsenal Agree Club-record £55.5m Fee For Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Arsenal Agree Club-record £55.5m Fee For Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
January 29 14:56 2018 Print This Article

Arsenal have reached agreement in principle with Borussia Dortmund over the club record €63m (£55.5m) signing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, though the Bundesliga side will only sanction the completion of the deal once they have secured a replacement.

Negotiations have been taking place for Aubameyang for a fortnight, with Arsenal always confident a deal could be concluded this month after the player made it clear he was keen to move to London. A three-and-a-half-year contract has been agreed with the Gabon forward believed to be worth £180,000-a-week, though reaching compromise with Dortmund has proved more problematic.

An Arsenal delegation led by the chief executive, Ivan Gazidis, and including the new head of recruitment, Sven Mislintat, and Huss Fahmy, who works on player contracts, spent time in Westphalia last week, with talks having continued in the period since. Reports in Germany suggest a deal was settled in principle over the weekend for a player who moved to Dortmund in 2013 and has proved prolific, if controversial at times, ever since. The 28-year-old had been championed by Mislintat, who had been instrumental in securing him at BVB from Saint-Étienne.

Yet Dortmund have made clear that they must secure a forward replacement for the outgoing Aubameyang before the transfer is formally signed off. There have been talks with Arsenal over Olivier Giroud – that would be a separate deal, if agreed, rather than a swap – though the Frenchman is apparently reluctant to leave London mid-season and could still be more tempted by a move to Chelsea.

Anthony Modeste, who joined the Chinese Super League club Tianjin Quanjian from Cologne last summer, has been mooted as a potential addition, but would cost around €30m(£26.4m). Michy Batshuayi, scorer of a double for Chelsea on Sunday but a player who would be permitted to leave on loan if a replacement is secured before Wednesday’s cut-off, is another option the German club may pursue.

[Guardian UK]

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