Arsenal Take The PEA

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Arsenal have all but landed their man, according to a Daily Mail report.

After a fraught weekend when the media coverage suggested that the deal was about to collapse, the Gunners and Borussia Dortmund reached an agreement over terms for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The 28-year-old was included in the Dortmund side which drew with Freiburg on Saturday, leading to many observers claiming that the transfer had fallen through.

However, news emerged last night that Arsenal had met the Bundesliga’s €60m valuation through bonuses and add-ons. This closed the gap from the €53m offer submitted last week but ultimately rejected by Dortmund.

Negotiations appeared to flounder last week when Olivier Giroud, 31, rejected the chance to move to the Bundesliga. While the France international is desperate to gain first-team football on a regular basis, he prefers to stay in London. Chelsea are reportedly interested in him but will have to meet Arsenal’s £35m valuation with a loan deal ruled out.

The only fly in the ointment for Aubameyang is Dortmund’s insistence that the player will not be allowed to leave unless they have signed a replacement. It’s believed BVB are keen on Chelsea’s Michy Batshuayi, 24, who has been told he can leave Stamford Bridge this week on loan.