Report: Arsenal, Dortmund Close in on Agreement Over Aubameyang Transfer

Arsenal appears to be nearing its target, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang reportedly on his way to the Emirates.
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Arsenal look as if they will actually seal the signing of Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang before the transfer deadline day on Wednesday night, with the latest reports overnight on Sunday suggesting the deal is now very 'close' indeed.

It was said over the weekend by Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc that several bids from the Gunners have been rejected.

Manager Arsene Wenger had also previously admitted that no deal was close to completion, while Aubameyang then played 90 minutes for Dortmund against Freiburg on Saturday, that was despite having been omitted from selection for the two games before.

Now, however, both BBC Sport and Sky Sports have independently reported that the clubs, while still talking, are 'close' to reaching the crucial agreement over the transfer fee. That figure is apparently likely to hit the £60m that Dortmund have been holding out for.

It remains to be seen whether Olivier Giroud will head in the opposite direction, but Dortmund have insisted that they must have a replacement secured before the deal goes through.

As for personal terms, journalist Fabrizio Romano has suggested that Aubameyang will sign a three-and-a-half year contract with Arsenal that will see him earn €10m (£8.8m) per season.

Eager Arsenal fans have tipped the Gabonese international to inherit the vacant number 14 shirt once worn with such distinction by Gunners legend Thierry Henry. The jersey was occupied by Theo Walcott for a decade until his departure to Everton earlier this month.

It had been thought that Aubameyang could take the number seven shirt - he wears 17 for Dortmund and previously wore seven at Saint-Etienne - but that was handed to new signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan soon after his arrival from Manchester United instead.