Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund have been locked in negotiations regarding the future of the Bundesliga outfit’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and Dortmund manager Peter Stoger has subsequently issued the Gunners a transfer ultimatum to abide by, if they’re going to purchase the prolific Gabonese hit-man.
Aubameyang was absent from BVB’s match-day fold on Friday when his employers met Hertha Berlin at the Olympiastadion, but after being omitted from the encounter which ended 1-1, the 28-year-old returned to first-team training on Monday.
After the session, Stoger faced the media and revealed his desire of getting the pressing situation sealed within the next 24 hours. “We would like the solution to be there tomorrow, whatever it looks like.” He said.
Primarily for the benefit of his team, which currently reside 6th in the domestic standings, Stoger proceeded to state: “I probably would speak from the souls of many people, cos everything that has been clarified and brings clarity, is good for everyone in their life & would also be good for us as a team.”
Arsenal’s chief executive Ivan Gazidis, chief scout Sven Mislintat and contract negotiator Huss Fahmy were all spotted in Germany over the weekend to presumably speed up the process for ‘Auba’s’ signature, which could supposedly cost the club £60m.
It’s believed that Arsenal’s opening bid was £44m, and with Dortmund opting to play hardball, discussions could become arduously lengthy if a satisfactory figure fails to materialise.
As well as a substantial sum of money for the searing attacker, it’s said that Olivier Giroud could also be on his was to the Signal Iduna Park as part of any proposed deal, a plausible makeweight which would presumably suit both parties.