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Borussia Dortmund star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is poised to join Arsenal – and Olivier Giroud is expected to join Borussia Dortmund on loan.
That is according to German football expert and journalist Raphael Honigstein.
The Gunners upped their bid for the 28-year-old hitman yesterday as they look to strike an agreement with Dortmund.
Arsene Wenger’s side have tabled an offer of £50.9m for Aubameyang, with all parties keen for a move to go through.
The Gabon international wants to leave the Bundesliga club and join Arsenal, having already reportedly settled on personal terms.
But one factor delaying his reunion with Henrikh Mkhitaryan at the Emirates is Dortmund’s desire to replace him too.
Arsenal frontman Giroud has been out injured of late but struggled for game time on the whole this season ahead of the World Cup next summer.
In need of minutes, a loan would make sense and Honigstein believes it will happen before next Wednesday’s deadline.
Speaking during the Euro Leagues Football Show on 5 live sport, Honigstein said: “Borussia Dortmund are saying the first offer from Arsenal only came in at €50m. They want at least €70m. Maybe we can meet at €60m.
“The bigger stumbling block seems to have been the availability of Olivier Giroud on loan.
“The latest from Dortmund is that they think they might be able to do that, which then makes it easier for them to do the deal because it was always contingent on both these things – money plus a ready-made replacement.
“But Giroud would only go on loan because Dortmund don’t want to send half that money back to Arsenal straight again.
“So I think it is looking as if it’s going to go through, and it’s a really interesting move on so many levels.”
Arsenal will hope they can a deal done for Aubameyang in time for him to play next Tuesday at Swansea in the Premier League.
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