Strikers seem to be in demand as we enter the final 48 hours of this January transfer window. We take a look at what is going on with three of the biggest names that are dominating the gossip pages.
Aubameyang to Arsenal done?
For all intents and purposes, our understanding that this deal is all but done. Arsenal and Dortmund have agreed a deal, the player has agreed terms, and just a medical needs completing.
However, just like Alexis Sanchez’s move to Man City in the summer, it could all hinge on Dortmund finding an eleventh hour replacement for the Gabon international.
It has been claimed that the Bundesliga side were keen on signing Olivier Giroud from Arsenal in what would have been a player-plus-cash deal. However the Frenchman is thought to have reservations.
So what happens now?
So, if Giroud doesn’t move to Dortmund, it could scupper the deal to take Aubameyang to the Emirates. One other player that Dortmund are interested in is Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi, who has struggled for game time under Antonio Conte, despite consistently scoring goals for Chelsea when given the opportunity.
However, Antonio Conte has revealed he would like the Belgian to stay at the club, even if they are able to sign a new striker.
The Blues have been linked with an embarrassing number of strikers this month, from Edin Dzeko to Ashley Barnes, from Andy Carroll to Peter Crouch, all have which have so far failed to materialise. Reports in recent days now suggest that Chelsea have added Giroud to their wish list.
After selling Sanchez to United, surely they won’t sell to a rival again?
Well actually, it seems they may!
Such is the desperation to land Aubameyang, that Arsenal would be willing to let Giroud move to Chelsea, providing it means Batshuayi moves to Dortmund on loan, thus, solving everyone’s needs and desires to strengthen their attacking lineups.
Who would be getting the best deal?
Well it’s hard to say for certain. Arsenal would be splashing out massive money on a prolific striker, but losing a Premier Legue proven player who has scored 105 goals in 252 games for the club – and to a rival no less.
While Giroud has an uncanny knack of being in the right place at the right time, it’s unlikely that he will replace £58m man Alvaro Morata as the first choice striker. Is Giroud better than Batshuayi? Well it’s hard to tell as both a different kind of players, but with Conte clearly wanting a target man up front rather than the Belgian, then maybe they are stronger, and for just a snip at a rumoured £15m.
Dortmund are undoubtedly the most weakened side if this three way deal xome’s off, having lost one of Europe’s most prolific strikers and getting only Chelsea’s lesser used backup striker in return. But Batshuayi is still a very good player and a good goalscorer, having scored 19 goals in 53 games for the Blues, with the majority of his minutes coming from the bench.
What is for sure it’s going to be a fascinating final 48 hours of this transfer window and you can keep up with all the action in our infamous Deadline Day Live Blog.
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