The “Aubameyang Transfer” seems to be in the final stages. On Sunday, it was reported that a delegation from Arsenal had made its way to Dortmund to have the final talks on the transfer, which is currently being discussed by the entire Bundesliga.
Arsenal delegation in Dortmund
In addition to Huss Fahmy and Ivan Gazidis, former BVB chief scout Sven Mislintat has also made a trip to Germany to promote the negotiations for his new employer. Mislintat knows Aubameyang very well and was already involved in the signing of the Gabonese in 2013 during his time in Dortmund.
Aubameyang and Arsenal are said to have been in agreement for quite some time. But now his current employer, BVB, still has to join in. A wide variety of transfer sums had already been circulated in advance through the media. According to kicker, Borussia Dortmund demands more than €70m for the striker, who scored 141 goals in 212 games for the Schwarzgelben. However, Arsenal’s offer is said to be only €50m including bonuses. A sum that Borussia Dortmund doesn’t agree with. They appear to be tough negotiating partners as they had shown at the transfer of Dembélé, where they collected €147m including bonuses for the talent who went on strike. According to kicker, an offer of €60m will follow from Arsenal.
BVB would like to sign the 31-year-old Giroud on loan until the summer in order to buy a younger striker after the season. This was unanimously reported recently by RMC Sport and kicker. A fix transfer of Giroud, which could reduce the fee for Arsenal, is not planned by BVB for the time being. Nevertheless, RMC Sport wrote on Monday that it is a question of 2-3 days until the Aubameyang deal goes through.
Now also Wenger drew attention to the whole transfer at a press conference with the following statements:
“Confident or not confident, I don’t know. At the moment we are not close to do any deals, either Aubameyang or anyone else,”he said. “The negotiations are not as close as that[including giroud in deal]. [..]We can buy players, we are busy on all fronts,” Wenger added. “Overall I think we are open-minded. Every opportunity we have to strengthen our squad we will take.” [Independent]
Whether these statements can be saved under the heading “Transfer fee Poker” will be seen. In general, however, they seem to be very confident that they can sign the Gabonese and are already planning the media staging of the transfer. It is therefore questionable whether the fans are now presented with a B solution.
Pressure: According to the Times, Arsenal are said to have set itself a 48-hour deadline. If the Gunners did not reach an agreement with Borussia Dortmund in that timeframe, the Londoners would pursue different targets.
— German Football Daily (@GERFootDaily) 23. Januar 2018
Meanwhile, BVB is hoping for a quick decision regardless of whether he stays or not. After yesterday’s training session, Stöger said:
“We would like the solution to be there tomorrow, whatever it looks like. I probably would speak from the souls of many people, because everything that has been clarified and brought clarity, is good for everyone in their life and would also be good for us as a team. But if it takes longer, it’ll take longer.”
As successors of Aubameyang, different names have been brought into play recently. According to various media reports, names such as Michy Batshuayi, Fedor Smolov, Lautaro Martinez, Duvan Zapata or Dolberg are on Dortmund’s list in addition to the short-term solution Olivier Giroud.
BVB-CEO Aki Watzke said in the summer of 2017 in the context of the Dembélé departure:
“If we wanted to get a central player (striker), Dolberg would surely be a candidate.”
According to L’Équipe, scouts from Borussia Dortmund recently watched the game between PSG vs. Lyon. Maxwel Cornet, who had been associated with BVB several times recently, was also on the pitch. But there was also a certain Mariano Díaz, who scored 13 goals and 4 assists in 21 league matches for the Lyon-based team, which has a lot of talented players among its ranks. It would not be unlikely that Borussia Dortmund also watched other players very closely.