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Gunners may be made to bide their time for Auba
Borussia Dortmund could make Arsenal wait until the summer before they can sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, according to the Mirror.
It reports that BVB will put an Aubameyang deal on ice unless the Gunners agree to include Olivier Giroud as part of an exchange this month.
The Mirror says Dortmund “want £60 million for Aubameyang but have told Arsenal they must get a replacement — and France international Giroud is their No. 1 choice.”
The Bundesliga giants, it adds, see Giroud as being a player who can bring them the necessary goals if Aubameyang departs.
Arsenal officials are in Dortmund to try to conclude a deal, and the Mirror adds that boss Arsene Wenger “has not ruled out the possibility” of Giroud moving on.
Meanwhile, newly-confirmed Arsenal arrival Henrikh Mkhitaryan sparked a social media storm when, on a video of his first day at the club, he appeared to offer an invitation to Aubameyang.
Reports said he could be seen mouthing: “Yo Pierre, you wanna come out here?” before the video was taken down.
Turn volume to max, you can hear the words “Yo Pierre, you wanna come out here?”
— Emirates HQ (@EmiratesHQ) January 22, 2018
Do Chelsea have cause for new Courtois concern?
After goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga‘sdecision to stay at Athletic Bilbao despite Real Madrid’s interest, the Telegraph says Chelsea have “fresh fears over Thibaut Courtois, with Madrid keen for him to stall on a new contract.”
It reports that the Premier League champions had “expected Courtois to sign this month after offering a deal that would make him the highest-paid goalkeeper in the world.”
However, despite the Belgium international having indicated he was ready to put pen to paper, “Madrid are understood to have reiterated their long-standing interest in him.”
Meanwhile, Chelsea’s hunt for a new striker, which has featured both Andy Carroll and Peter Crouch in recent weeks, seems to be nearing an end.
The Evening Standard reports that the agent of Roma’s Edin Dzeko is on his way to London to hold negotiations.
Although it adds that the 31-year-old forward “wants reassurances over the amount of game-time he will get before agreeing to the switch,” the Mirror reports that Chelsea are confident.
However, the Telegraph notes that Dzeko’s Roma contract is not due to expire until 2020, and says “Chelsea will either have to break their policy of one-year deals for over-30s or somehow negotiate a compromise.”
– West Bromwich Albion defender Jonny Evans, linked with both Arsenal and Manchester City, could leave for only £3m in the event that the Baggies are relegated from the Premier League, the BBC reports.
It says it “understands there is a clause in Evans’ contract that means he can leave for £3m if West Brom go down” and adds that although City are still considering a January offer Arsenal may now ditch their interest as they concentrate on bringing in Aubameyang.
– Crystal Palace are in discussions with Inter Milan over an £8.5m move for Eder, the Mail reports, saying a switch could help Inter finance a swoop for Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge.
Italy international Eder is one of a number of strikers reportedly being looked at by Palace boss Roy Hodgson, who wants to increase his side’s attacking efficiency.
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