Arsenal have gone in with an improved offer for Borussia Dortmund forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, according to Bild.
Offering an initial €55 million, the report suggests that Arsenal have now increased their offer to €58m, which is still substantially short of Dortmund’s €70m asking price.
Whether Olivier Giroud is part of the deal remains to be seen. Another player that Dormtund have marked as a potential successor is Chelsea’s Michy Batshuayi who is free to leave the Premier League club should Edin Džeko arrive.
Arsenal currently have a delegation in Dortmund, which includes CEO Ivan Gazidis and chief scout Sven Mislintat to negotiate a deal for Aubameyang.
Unless Arsenal seriously up their offer for the Gabon international, negotiations could well go on for a while, given that Dortmund head coach Peter Stöger stated that he wants a speedy resolution.
“Of course, we’d like there to be a resolution tomorrow, whatever it was. Everything that is clarified does everyone good in their lives. But if it takes longer then it will take longer. I cannot say if anything will happen in the next few days,” said Stöger.