Arsenal have been boosted in their pursuit of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as Borussia Dortmund have grown tired of the ‘disturbing fires’ surrounding the striker.
Arsenal have identified Aubameyang as their chief transfer target this January, and have already had two bids rejected.
The situation intensified on Friday after the German media accused Aubameyang’s father and agent of trying to engineer a move.
Sky Germany claim that Dortmund have now had enough of the entire affair, and directors Hans-Joachim Watzke and Michael Zorc are now accepting of the fact that the club might be better off if they sold the striker.
Sky reporter Maximilian Bielefeld says that Aubameyang no longer has a “good standing” with the rest of the squad, and that there are “many hostilities” towards him.
He adds that Watzke and Zorc have shown Aubameyang “the cold shoulder” during recent training sessions, and that “it would be best for both sides to break up”.
The report claims that the striker’s future has distracted his teammates, and Dortmund’s form is suffering as a result.
The message is simple: regardless of what the final decision is, ‘the sooner’ it is made, ‘the better’.