Arsenal have reportedly made their opening offer for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – but it won’t be enough.
According to Kicker, the Gunners have submitted a bid of just over 50million euros (£44.1million) for the Gabon centre-forward, but the German publication reports that Dortmund will not consider any offer lower than 60million euros (£52.9million).
Aubameyang was left out of the Dortmund squad for Friday’s draw with Hertha Berlin but the 28-year-old trained on Saturday morning, with coach Peter Stoger happy with the striker’s effort. After omitting Aubameyang from the trip to Berlin, Stoger says the centre-forward may be considered again for next Saturday’s Bundesliga clash with Freiburg.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang went and played 5-a-side in Dortmund tonight with his mates…while his team-mates were playing away at Hertha Berlin in the Bundesliga. Hmm. With an Ousmane Dembélé shirt on. Hmm. [📸BILD] pic.twitter.com/s8U12iAIHd
— Archie Rhind-Tutt (@archiert1) January 19, 2018
That clash comes four days before the January 31 deadline, by which time Arsenal will be expected to return with an improved offer.
Aubameyang is under contract with Dortmund until 2021 but with Alexis Sanchez heading to Manchester United and Theo Walcott already having signed for Everton, Arsene Wenger is desperate for top-class replacements to reinforce his forward line.
The Gunners boss is facing a striker shortage for the clash with Crystal Palace on Saturday.