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Arsenal’s pursuit of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang looks set to go down to the wire as the clock ticks on the January 2018 transfer window.
Press Association Sport understands a deal has been agreed in principle between Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund for the Gabon forward, who is reportedly already in London to finalise a potential £60million switch.
However, Dortmund remain determined to first secure a replacement before signing off on Aubameyang’s departure.
With the German transfer window set to close at 1700 on Wednesday, significantly earlier than in England, there could yet be some last-minute negotiating between a number of parties to push the Aubameyang deal through.
Chelsea have emerged as leading contenders to sign Olivier Giroud, who would fall further down the pecking order at the Emirates Stadium were Aubameyang to come in.
Dortmund were said to have been keen on the France forward, but it now appears Stamford Bridge is Giroud’s preferred destination, allowing him to remain in London, with a fee of around £18million suggested.
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