As this hectic winter transfer window sprints toward the deadline, the slow-developing and oft-confusing Aubameyang-to-Arsenal story hit hyperdrive this morning when Aubameyang was spotted arriving at Dortmund airport.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang arriving at Dortmund airport just now. He's on his way to sign for Arsenal. pic.twitter.com/68esxYLhKl— Transfer News (@TransferChecker) January 30, 2018
Following this news, 30,000+ Arsenal fans kept their eyes on the skies as a private jet from Dortmund to London took flight, throwing fuel on the long-developing transfer rumor flames.
Over 32,000 people have been watching a flight tracker of a private jet believed to have Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on board. (Source: @flightradar24) pic.twitter.com/v2kGKDslsX— Transfer News Live (@DeadlineDayLive) January 30, 2018
And now, it appears that the transfer is coming to fruition as Aubameyang has been spotted at Arsenal’s training grounds, presumably to complete a medical and finalize what has become one of the winter transfer window’s most compelling storylines.
Aubameyang to undergo #afc medical after arriving at Colney. Club trying to make sure everything is in place so paperwork can be completed quickly once Dortmund give the go-ahead. Dortmund's search to find a replacement continues: https://t.co/RtRRhoWw2y— James Olley (@JamesOlley) January 30, 2018
LATEST: Aubameyang medical pencilled for Wed AM. Earlier today all set for Batshuayi loan to Dortmund, Giroud to Chelsea for £20m. But #CFC via Marina Granovskaia now trying to drive price down so #AFC minded to end talks & send Giroud to #BVB - though unclear if he’d agree to it pic.twitter.com/R9jAnVdk0f— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) January 30, 2018
What a mess.
So as it stands now, Aubameyang is in London awaiting a medical tomorrow at Arsenal. It may or may not happen depending on how Arsenal resolve Olivier Giroud’s situation, with Chelsea and their stained Russian oil currency suddenly pulling out empty pockets and sad faces. On top of that, there is very little indication on whether Giroud would accept a move to Dortmund - the logical best-case scenario if he ends up leaving the club this month.
Stay tuned to the blog today and tomorrow, as more updates, twists, and turns are bound to come.