Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s potential move to Arsenal is starting to pick up speed, so we’ve rounded up all the latest updates from another day of activity.
Late Saturday night, Sky Sports Germany reported quotes from Dortmund boss Hans-Joachim Watzke about Arsenal’s interest.
The German said: “I can confirm that there was a first request from Arsenal for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.”
Earlier in the week, Sporting director Michael Zorc, said that there hadn’t been any contact with Arsenal, so this news alone represented some form of progress.
There was still some way to go though.
That was emphasised by the BBC‘s Simon Stone, who wrote that Arsenal would need to pay over £50m for Aubameyang.
He tweeted that the Gunners would have to break their transfer record to find a deal.
— Simon Stone (@sistoney67) January 21, 2018
John Cross then reported that Arsenal would be willing to do just that to land the 28-year-old. He also wrote that Dortmund asked about including Olivier Giroud in the deal. For now, a cash-only transfer still seems like the most likely option.
David Ornstein confirmed the possibility of a player transfer, and said Arsenal are “confident”, but the deal could drag.
Then, Bild published photos of a number of Arsenal officials in Germany. The media spotted Huss Fahmy, Sven Mislintat and Ivan Gazidis. Eagle eyed fans even spotted what appears to be Aubameyang’s car in the background.
German outlet RN then posted more pictures from the meeting, and revealed that first negotiations took place on Sunday.
Unfortunately, those negotiations didn’t reach a conclusion.
Hopefully the second round of talks will provide a conclusion, and with any luck, that conclusion will be Aubameyang in an Arsenal shirt.