Published: Thu, January 25, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Dortmund respond after Arsenal increase Aubameyang bid

Dortmund respond after Arsenal increase Aubameyang bid

Reports earlier today claimed Arsenal offered in excess of £50m, but under £52.7m, with the offer coming somewhere in between, which has now been rejected.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could start for Borussia Dortmund this weekend despite Arsenal's pursuit of the striker.

But Dortmund boss Peter Stoger has suggested that the 28-year-old could return to the team to face Freiburg on Saturday with a move to Arsenal far from certain.

The German club are looking to net £55m from the sale of Aubameyang, which would be a club-record deal for Arsenal. If this demand could not be met, Dortmund could walk away from the deal altogether and force Aubameyang to stay put until the summer.

The Gabon global was named as a potential target for Arsenal last week as the Gunners started to plan for life without Chile worldwide Alexis Sanchez.

The deal would break Arsenal's record transfer fee, which is now the £45m they paid to Lyon for striker Alexandre Lacazette in the summer.

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"You never know how close they [negotiations] are".

Dortmund, who have previously criticised Arsenal for publicly discussing the transfer, say they simply want "clarity" over the player's future.

"This is the kind of thing - he is one of the possible movements, but we have other things in mind as well".

He said: "We are not close to doing a deal for Aubameyang or anybody else". "The final decision is not made".

While on the pitch however, Aubameyang has maintained his impressive goal-scoring form, having found the net on 21 occasions in 23 appearances across all competitions this season.

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