Arsenal have reportedly launched a £28.7million move for Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as Arsene Wenger looks to strengthen our forward line this summer, Bild reports.
Aubameyang joined the Bundesliga giants in 2013 from St Etienne and has been unlucky to see his time at the club coincide with their dramatic downfall.
After the departure of Jurgen Klopp, the public perception was that Dortmund would experience a mass exodus this summer and we reportedly have our eyes on the 26-year-old striker.
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Aubameyang does seem like a typical Wenger signing – in 2008. We have clearly moved into a new era and can dismiss any rumours linking us with players who aren’t of the elite calibre.
Is he any better than Danny Welbeck? The last thing we need this summer is more players suitable for a squad rotation role rather than automatic starters.
The fact that Aubameyang represents Gabon at international level which could mean constant trips during the season to compete in the Africa Cup of Nations could also prove to be a potential stumbling block.
Given that this move would become our third highest deal in history behind Mesut Ozil (£42.4m via BBC Sport) and Alexis Sanchez (£35m via BBC Sport), Wenger may feel that Aubameyang doesn’t belong in that company – and rightly so.