As reported by The Daily Mail, Arsenal’s pursuit of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has hit a roadblock after negotiations with Borussia Dortmund for his transfer to London have stalled.
The Daily Mail report that a senior team of Arsenal officials have been in Germany to negotiate a deal, but they haven’t gone to plan and the deal appears to hang in the balance just days before the end of the transfer window.
The paper say that Arsenal’s bid of £50.9m has been thrown out by the German club as they hold firm for every penny of his £60m asking price.
The striker wants a move to the Emirates, but also wants Arsenal to go the extra mile to secure his signature, according to the report.
Is he worth the money?
While perhaps not the exciting young striker he was hyped to be a few years ago, Aubameyang is every bit as effective this season as he’s ever been and there are no signs that his quality is declining in his late twenties.
He’s already netted 21 times this season for Dortmund, including four in the UEFA Champions League group stage, part of 141 goal total for the German club in 213 appearances.
Given Arsenal are prepared to pay around £51m for his services, according to The Daily Mail, then shelling out an extra £9m to meet his asking price doesn’t seem to be too much of a stretch for a rich club like Arsenal.
Doing so would ensure they have Aubameyang for his peak years and alongside former teammate Henrikh Mkhitaryan, he could be exactly what the Gunners need to compete at the top end of the English Premier League table once again.