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Ornstein: Aubameyang transfer to Arsenal ‘close’

The deal is close after Arsenal budge.

Borussia Dortmund v Arsenal: UEFA Champions League Photo by Boris Streubel/Getty Images

According to David Ornstein, Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund are close to an agreement for the transfer of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, a deal that will cost Arsenal a club-record £60m. Over the weekend the deal looked dead, as Aubameyang started for Dortmund in a 2-2 draw with Freiburg, but Dortmund left the sale a possibility as long as Arsenal met their asking price. After days of reticence, it seems as they have.

According to Ruhr Nachrichten, Olivier Giroud will not be part of the deal, with the Frenchman not wanting to leave London, leaving a move to Chelsea a possibility.

Aubameyang, who turns 29 in the summer, has scored 21 goals in 24 games this season, and 141 in 213 games for Borussia Dortmund. It is as of yet unclear how he and Alexandre Lacazette—Arsenal’s previous record signing—will combine in the same team, especially taking into consideration needs to also get Mesut Özil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan into the team. At the very least, though, it shouldn’t be boring.