Borussia Dortmund’s in-form forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been repeatedly linked with a move to the Premier League, and has fuelled speculation that he’s set for a move this January after he skipped training, as reported by Sky Sports.
Given that the Gabon international has scored an incredibly impressive 24 goals in 23 appearances for Dortmund this season, he’s understandably attracting the attention of some top clubs. Arsene Wenger is known to be a fan of the speedster, and has reportedly lodged a £42m bid in the hopes of landing him this January (via The Sun).
The Sun’s report claims the 26-year-old has told friends he’s keen on making a move to the Premier League, and even reveals that contact has been made between Arsenal and Dortmund.
A Dortmund representative claims he missed the training session for “personal reasons” (via Sky Sports), but didn’t elaborate further. The German side obviously wouldn’t admit if they were listening to offers for their star striker, as it would weaken their bargaining position significantly. This does sound like a rather lame excuse though, and the Bundesliga’s top scorer may well have had his head turned by interest from the English top flight.
As the reports suggest, we are facing competition from the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea. With the former footballing behemoths experiencing real problems at the moment however, it’s hard to see why Aubameyang would pick either side over joining Arsenal.
Currently top of the Premier League, boasting talent like Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Özil, and Petr Cech, there aren’t many players who wouldn’t want to make the switch to North London. Transfer fees and salary are arguably the only area we could lose out in when going up against the likes of Chelsea and Man United, but with the money we’ve stumped up for Alexis and Özil in recent seasons, hopefully that’s not longer an issue.
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It’s hard to see Dortmund letting him go in January, but every player has their price. We aren’t restricted by the financial restraints that existed during the building of the Emirates anymore, so if we really want to get Aubameyang this January then there shouldn’t be anything holding us back.
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With Arsene Wenger’s hatred of the January transfer window, it’s difficult to see him splashing such a huge amount. It’s hard to know what goes on in the 66-year-old’s head though, and he could yet pull a rabbit out of his hat.