It’s not great news from Germany today on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Arsenal.
As manager Peter Stoger talks about the player performing well in training, and a return to the Borussia Dortmund team, Kicker have published an article which seems to have been sourced from a very cheesed off German club.
Kicker say the transfer has ‘stalled’ and Dortmund are ‘increasingly angry’ with how slow Arsenal are moving in talks. To get their point home, it’s stated: ‘An agreement is currently more questionable than ever.’
Dortmund want over €70m and it’s now explained Arsenal’s first offer of €50m was actually €45m plus a further €5m in bonuses. The Premier League club have since returned with a new bid, but ‘According to Kicker information, however, it is only marginally above the offer submitted by Arsenal CEO Ivan Gazidi’s to BVB boss Hans-Joachim Watzke on Saturday.’
The Bundesliga club ‘are not pleased with the actions of the Englishmen’ and ‘the negotiations even threaten to fail completely’.
Arsenal are said to be of the opinion it should be Dortmund doing all the running in talks, feeling the club are under pressure to sell Aubameyang. That’s not the case say Kicker, with BVB not wanting to give in to the player’s ‘blackmail’ and certainly not being the ones seeking a transfer.
Olivier Giroud is described as a potential ‘victim’ of the saga, with a loan move to Dortmund, priced at €1.5m for the rest of the season, dependent on Auba moving.
Kicker obviously look at things with a sympathetic eye to Dortmund and an annoyance with Aubameyang, but even they point out it may be difficult to reintegrate the player, with fans and teammates sick of him.
Arsenal’s efforts, if as described, do sound cheap, but then so does a €1.5m Giroud loan fee.