Goodbye Olivier Giroud Arsenal Closing In On Signing Aubameyang Despite Reports

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Arsenal are reportedly preparing to revisit the concept of using Olivier Giroud as a makeweight in any agreement to bring Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to the club.

Borussia Dortmund last week ruled out the probability of taking the Frenchman in a player-plus-cash deal which would see the wantaway Aubameyang move in the opposite way.

But, having failed to agree to their first round of talks on Sunday, Arsenal officials are now reportedly preparing to offer Giroud as part of the switch once more.

German outlet Kicker stories that the two clubs are still some way apart in their valuation of the footballer, with Arsenal offering £44m, however, Dortmund holding out for closer to £60m.

The North Londoners are set to increase their offer, though, and will start the second round of talks with an offer of £52m plus Giroud, although the player would only join Dortmund on a six-month loan.

Giroud is believed to be open to an exit either temporary or permanent – as he appears to gain more regular first-team football ahead of next summer’s World Cup.

The striker has played only one Premier League start all campaign and has seven goals across all tournaments, whereas Aubameyang has netted 21 goals in his 23 outings this year.

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