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Aubameyang will be allowed to leave Borussia Dortmund with Batshuayi joining on loan
Olivier Giroud is primed to join Chelsea from Arsenal for £17.5 million (€20 million) on deadline day, a move that will allow the completion of a chain of transfers that takes Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to the Emirates stadium and Michy Batshuayi to Borussia Dortmund.
Agreement was reached in principle between the two London clubs after a day of exhaustive talks, with Arsenal anxious to conclude their own club record £55.5m move for Aubameyang. Even so, Giroud had still been included in Arsène Wenger’s 19-man match-day squad for Tuesday’s Premier League game at Swansea, which the France international began on the bench.
The 31-year-old’s priority has long been to enjoy greater playing opportunity before the World Cup finals having started a solitary top-flight game this season following the £52.7 million arrival of his compatriot Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon last summer.
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