Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is close to a move to Arsenal following recent fall-out with the German outfit’s hierarchy, according to the Independent.
Aubameyang was left out of Dortmund’s match against Wolfsburg yesterday due to ‘disciplinary reasons’ and it is thought Arsenal will be looking to capitalise on the situation in bid to replace Alexis Sanchez who is set for Manchester United.
Aubameyang was supposed to attend a mandatory team meeting at the Dortmund training grounds on Saturday, but did not show up. This is the third time he has been sanctioned by the German club in the last year.
“It was a relatively important session that he stayed away from, which showed me that he is not focused.” Dortmund boss Peter Stoger. “He was surprised, did not quite notice it for himself. But for us it was a clear case.
“The session was clearly announced in WhatsApp groups that are today on tablets. If he is not there, someone else is playing, who is totally focused.”
It is believed the Gunners are willing to offer up to 55 million for the Gabonese goal-scorer. Should this move happen, Abaumeyang would only be part of the solution of replacing two star players, with Mesut Ozil also thought to be on the move.
With Ozil, Sanchez and reportedly Theo Walcott nearing Emirates exits, Arsene Wenger is short of options up front and he will need at least three offensive players before the end of January to keep the status quo.
Bordeaux’s winger Malcom and PSG’s Juliuan Draxler have been mentioned as possible new arrivals in the media this morning.
Aubameyang has scored 21 goals in 23 matches this season and brags a total of 98 goals in 143 games for Borussia Dortmund since his arrival from Saint-Etienne in 2013. He has 23 goals in 56 games for the Gabon national side.
His current contract with the Die Borussen runs out in 2021.