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Arsenal could wreck their Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang deal by annoying Borussia Dortmund with their lousy transfer offers.
The Gunners want the Gabon striker in north London – and they have plenty of funds to land him but they are dithering with their bidding.
The marksman is readily available, after a number of disciplinary issues surrounding his commitment and attitude at the Bundesliga side.
Dortmund want £60million for their star man but Arsenal have started at £45m and have only been creeping up.
The tentative approach is painfully reminiscent of their embarrassing bid to sign Luis Suarez from Liverpool, when they bid one pound over his £40m buyout fee.
Perhaps in retaliation, the Germans have offered Arsenal just £1.3m to take Olivier Giroud on loan for the rest of the season.
Dortmund want the Frenchman as a replacement before selling Aubameyang but they have scoffed at the £25m valuation and would prefer to take him on loan first.
Dortmund head coach Peter Stoger is unhappy with the speed of the negotiations and the club have briefed the German media that the move has stalled because of anger over Arsenal’s tactics.
Hitman Aubameyang, 28, returned to training this week and Stoger said: “If I get the impression that he is disturbing the team, then I won’t select him for the squad.
“But, so far, everything has been fine by me.”
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