Kicker have an update on the Aubameyang/Giroud/Batshuayi transfer dominoes.

It’s claimed Arsenal will now pay €64.5m for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, a slightly higher fee than initially set because Olivier Giroud won’t be going on loan to Borussia Dortmund.

That contradicts earlier claims Giroud’s potential loan was being treated separately, but here we are.

The €1.5m difference will now be sent by Dortmund to Chelsea for the loan of Michy Batshuayi and it’s stated the player is ‘on the way’ to becoming BVB”s next signing.

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There are still additional talks going on with Chelsea over a buying option in the summer.

Dortmund had always wanted a longer term deal for the Belgian, feeling he’s one for the future, but Batshuayi is also rated by some in charge at Chelsea and they agree he could be a big star in the not too distant future… so aren’t keen on such a scenario.

Kicker also cover Giroud going to Chelsea, but that’s not part of their German transfers so it’s best leaving that to the French and English media.

Chelsea’s famous €1.5m loan fee strikes again.