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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger publicly confirmed the team are closing in on a deal to sign Bprussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this January transfer window.
The Gunners officially announced this signing of Manchester United star Henrikh Mkhitaryan in a rare straight-swap deal that saw Alexis Sanchez join Manchester United
The club has reportedly sent a transfer delegation consisting of chief executive Ivan Gazidis, head of recruitment Sven Mislintat and contract negotiator Huss Fahmy to Germany over the weekend with hopes of wrapping up a deal.
The report claim Arsenal have seen a £43m ($59.9m) bid rejected as Dortmund hold out for £53m and remain adamant that they must secure a replacement before allowing the prolific Gabon international to leave.
“Confident or not confident [of getting a deal over the line], I don’t know,” Wenger, who was chastised by BVB sporting director Michael Zorc for discussing Aubameyang last week, told reporters at a press conference held before the Carabao Cup semi-final second-leg tie against Chelsea.
“At the moment we are not close to doing any deals, with Aubameyang or anybody else.”
Asked if Olivier Giroud could head to Dortmund as part of the deal, he added: “The negotiations are not as far as that.
“You never know how close you are. At the moment it’s one of the possible movements, but we have other things in mind as well. We have plenty of opportunities in different positions. The final decision is not made.”