Arsenal close in on Aubameyang swoop

The idea that Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang might join Arsenal isn’t new, but it might be nearer reality than ever. It reports that the Gunners “are increasingly confident” about signing Gabon international Aubameyang following “productive” talks with Dortmund. Arsenal want to add new talent to their squad to compensate for the impending departure of star name Alexis Sanchez, and Aubameyang, consistently prolific in the Bundesliga, is firmly in the picture.

Although he has had “off-field issues, his qualities and potential availability had been impressed on the Arsenal hierarchy” by head of recruitment Sven Mislintat, who helped bring him to BVB in 2013. However, the Gunners might have to pay more than £50 million for the 28-year-old, with “negotiations over a fee ongoing.” In the meantime, Arsenal are closing in on Bordeaux forward Malcom , who is likely to cost around £40 million, and continue to be linked with former Dortmund player Henrikh Mkhitaryan .

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