Transfer Round-up: Gunners to splash €40m on Dortmund star and €10m Brady set to become a Canary
Arsenal could set a marker for the season with reports in Germany suggesting Arsene Wenger will spend in excess of €43m to sign Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubaeyang.
Sections of the German media, picked up by The Mirror, claim the Gunners are preparing to spend big in order to land the Gabon international.
Aubameyang has been persistently linked to Arsenal, with Wenger thought to be a big fan. Able to play in any position across the front line, possessing incredible pace and a lethal finish, Aubameyang would swell an Arsenal strike force that lost Yaya Sanogo to Ajax on a season-long loan on Friday.
It looks like being a case of fourth time lucky for Norwich City in their pursuit of Republic of Ireland international Robbie Brady.
The newly-promoted Canaries have been rebuffed in all their three attempts to sign Brady though and their recent offer of around £3million had been angrily branded as embarrassing by Hull boss Steve Bruce.
Norwich are said to be confident that their new bid will be seen in a favourable light by Hull and are now preparing a wage package for Brady ahead of the completion of the potential €10m move.
Jose Mourinho is ready to go back with another bid for the highly-regarded England international Jon Stones. Everton have already turned down a bid believed to be in the region of £25m, but the Blues are poised to up their offer to £26m to bring the defender to Stamford Bridge, with The Daily Mail saying he will be offered the number six jersey.
Newcastle are set to miss out on Anderlecht striker Aleksandar Mitrovic after Porto matched their £12.5million offer according to The Mirror, while newly promoted Bournemouth are keen to add to their squad before the season opener.
A £3.5million bid for Crystal Palace striker Glenn Murray has been lodged (The Daily Star), while Scott Parker is another on the radar on their maiden season in the Premier League.