Arsenal ready to pay club record fee for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Arsenal are prepared to pay a club record transfer fee to land Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, according to Metro.
The paper claims that Arsenal have made a bid of £42m for the striker, and are prepared to go even higher to pay a fee that would exceed the £42.5m it took to sign Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid in 2013.
One of the main sources for thr story is Jan Aage Fjortoft, who has developed into a sort of pseudo transfer sage since retiring from the sport.
Earlier this month Fjortoft tweeted: "As reported Arsenal willing to pay "big money" to get Aubameyang. But Dortmund say NO. Building a new team. Not desperate for money."
As reported Arsenal willing to pay "big money" to get Aubameyang. But Dortmund say NO. Building a new team. Not desperate for money— Jan Aage Fjortoft (@JanAageFjortoft) January 3, 2016
Rather disappointing for Arsenal is the second half of the tweet, which suggests Dortmund are not willing to sell the player.
Metro reports though that the Bundesliga club would consider a deal if Arsenal came up with a bid of £60m. Over to you Arsene...
Elsewhere, Sevilla midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak has acknowledged Arsenal's interest in signing him, without giving too much away.
The Poland international told FourFourTwo magazine: "I’ve heard about Arsenal, but I leave it to my agent. I trust him and he’s the one who deals with that kind of the stuff.
"I can’t think about things like that. I have to keep my mind free of any distraction and just focus on doing my job for Sevilla."
Another midfielder being linked with a move to the Emirates is former Gunner Oguzhan Ozyakup, who is now at Besiktas.
Ozyakup spent three years at Arsenal before leaving in 2011 in search of more regular first-team football.
He has emerged as a key player for Besiktas and has scored 17 goals and claimed 30 assists in his 121 appearances for the Turkish side.
On a move abroad, Ozyakup said: "Brother Arda [Turan] has opened very important doors for us in Europe. After having achieved great success with Besiktas, I’d also like to go to Europe’s biggest clubs like that.
"However, the success of Besiktas is the priority."