Published: Thu, January 25, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Arsene Wenger gives update on Arsenal's pursuit of Aubameyang

Arsene Wenger gives update on Arsenal's pursuit of Aubameyang

According to the Mirror, Borussia Dortmund have confirmed Arsenal have been in contact about Aubameyang but had a £45m enquiry turned down by the German club.

Eintracht Frankfurt boss Niko Kovac criticised the behaviour of Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as the striker's move to Arsenal takes shape.

Reports earlier today claimed Arsenal offered in excess of £50m, but under £52.7m, with the offer coming somewhere in between, which has now been rejected.

Aubameyang remains one of Wenger's top targets this month and it was believed that he was willing to let Olivier Giroud move to the Westfalenstadion as part of the deal but Wednesday's bid is said to have been a cash-only offer.

According to recent reports, Arsenal's new head of recruitment Sven Mislintant is now in Germany discussing the details of the deal with Dortmund. Aubameyang had agreed to personal terms and was all but set to make a switch to China and become one of the highest earners in world football but dropped the idea to play for Arsenal. If this demand could not be met, Dortmund could walk away from the deal altogether and force Aubameyang to stay put until the summer.

Arsenal transfer news Pierre Emerick Aubameyang
GETTYArsenal transfer news Pierre Emerick Aubameyang is set to be replaced by Olivier Giroud at Dortmund

"I don't know. At the moment, we are not close to doing any deal, whether it's Aubameyang or anyone else", Wenger told a news conference on Tuesday.

"Look, the negotiations are not as far as that".

And the Frenchman denied Dortmund have asked for Giroud, 31, as a makeweight.

"You never know how close you are", Wenger said on Monday.

Aubameyang has been in excellent form this season, despite having missed several games due to his off the field disciplinary issues, and has scored 21 goals in 23 appearances.

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