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Arsenal’s pursuit of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang appears to have stalled as Arsene Wenger admitted the club are “far from close” to concluding a deal for the striker.
Speaking ahead of the Gunners’ Premier League clash with Swansea, the manager downplayed rampant speculation surrounding a move for the Gabonese international.
“I cannot tell you more. We have nothing to announce,” Wenger said.
“At the moment, we stay where we are. We keep our players. We have added Mkhitaryan and lost Sanchez. Will anything else happen? At the moment, I don’t know. It is far from close. It is possible we will recruit someone else but I won’t give you a name.”
The deal was rumoured to potentially include French Olivier Giroud as a makeweight, however Wenger has ruled that out, addressing the striker’s future.
“I want Olivier to stay,” he said.
“If nobody comes in, nobody goes out. Maybe one or two young players out on loan but the experienced side of the squad stays.”
Aubameyang has been heavily linked with a move to North London, with two bids from the club confirmed and rejected by Borussia Dortmund.
According to Sky Sports’ Guillem Balague, the clubs remain at loggerheads on the valuation of the player.
“Aubameyang – still miles apart Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund,” Balague said.
Meanwhile, Arsenal have been linked with a move for Karim Benzema this January transfer window.
The Frenchman who signed for Los Blancos all the way back in 2009 from French outfit Lyon, is currently struggling for form. He has only scored 5 times in 20 games in all competitions this season for Real. Rumours in Spain are that Benzema is set for a move to London if Arsenal and Real can reach an agreement over his price. It has been reported that Arsenal are willing to pay up to £35m whilst Madrid are asking for around £52.3m.