Arsenal are confident in landing Borussia Dortmund forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang despite the deal having stalled in recent days.
The Gunners have been heavily linked with a move for the Gabon International striker as a replacement for Alexis Sanchez, who completed his surprise move to Manchester United last week. While Henrikh Mkhitaryan moves to the Emirates as a makeweight as part of that deal, Arsenal are still keen to land Aubameyang, with whom Mkhitaryan worked with at the Bundesliga club.
Arsenal have already sorted out personal terms with Aubameyang, who has agreed a £180,000-a-week deal, but the Gunners have been frustrated with Dortmund who have already rejected two offers.
The first offer of £44m, and the follow up offer of £50m, were both rejected by German outfit, who are said to be demanding £60m for the strikers’ services. Dortmund even brought Aubameyang in from the cold, starting him in their game against Freiburg on Saturday after having left him out of the squad for the previous two games.
However, according to a variety of sources, Arsenal are still confident of securing a deal to sign the forward, despite entering the last 72 hours of the transfer window. It is thought that the two clubs are close to agreeing a deal worth somewhere in the region of £55m-£60m, which would be a new club record fee.
Meanwhile, Chelsea will have a keen interest on the deal themselves as it could affect their own transfer plans. The Blues have been linked with a move for Olivier Giroud as they look to bolster their own attacking lineup. Despite Arsene Wenger admitted that the player will be allowed to leave, but only if they can secure a replacement for the Frenchman.
The deadline to complete the transfers is at 11pm GMT on Wednesday 31st January.