Arsenal considering to include Olivier Giroud as part-exchange in a deal for 13-goals in 15-games striker
Arsenal have reportedly considering an idea of including French forward, Olivier Giroud as part-exchange in a deal with Borussia Dortmund for to secure the services of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Arsene Wenger is believed to be increasingly confident of signing the Gabon international forward in January as they looking a replacement for Alexis Sanchez who has been tipped with a switch to direct PRemeir League rivals Manchester United.
The Gabon international forward has fallen out of favour at Borussia Dortmund amid the speculation, with the club’s sporting director Michael Zorc today suggested that the player’s “behaviour” is reaching “a point where you can no longer tolerate it”.
According to The Sun, Arsenal are reluctant to meet Dortmund’s £60m asking price for Aubameyang and will instead make an offer of £30m plus Olivier Giroud, who remains down in the pecking order after the arrival of Alexandre Lacazette.
The newspaper suggested that the Gunners will not sign both Aubameyang and Brazilian winger Malcom, who is believed to closing in on a £45m switch to North London club, and will make the former their “priority” this month.
The 28-year-old Bundesliga forward has been in stunning form for Dortmund this campaign scoring 13 goals in 15 Bundesliga games in the first half of the season.
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Bordeaux manager Jocelyn Gourvennec has claimed that their star player Malcom should not say no if club like Liverpool will be calling him.
The Brazilian starlet has been strongly linked with switch to Arsenal, who are expected to splash the money in January with Alexis Sanchez closing in on a switch to Manchester United.
Reports have claimed that Arsene Wenger was hopeful of finalising a £45m deal for the Brazilian forward, however, now Gourvennec has seemingly opened the door to Liverpool.
“If Liverpool want you to work for them tomorrow, you will go,” the Liverpool Echo quotes the Bordeaux boss as saying.
“I’m a coach, I’d like to be able to count on Malcom, Malcom has to help us. There is one person who decides in this, that’s the majority shareholder. He talked about this at the weekend, but football remains football.”
The 20-year-old Brazilian attacker has found the net for seven times and created five assists in 19 Ligue 1 games for Bordeaux this campaign.
Meanwhile, Arsenal and Liverpool have both being rumoured with signing another Ligue 1 star Thomas Lemar who is likely to leave AS Monaco before the January transfer window gets shut down.
Manchester United head-coach Jose Mourinho has opened the door for Arsenal to sign Armenia international midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan, according to the reports from Britain.
After Man Utd 3-0 win over Stoke City this evening, Mourinho explained why Mkhitaryan had not made into the Red Devils squad.
The Portuguese manager has claimed that decision was not purely tactical, leading to suggestions that Armenia midfielder could be on his way out from Manchester United.
The former Borussia Dortmund midfielder could reportedly be included in a player-plus-cash deal that help Manchester United to secure the services of Alexis Sanchez.
When asked about Mkhitaryan’s future, Man Utd boss told Sky Sports News: “He is a Manchester United player. He is a player I like and of high quality.
“Is he going to be involved in a deal to leave us? It is possible, but it is also possible that he stays. I am trying to protect him and the team. The market is open. I have a squad of 32 players and I want to keep a squad of 32 players.”
The Red Devils may face competition for signing Chilean superstar Alexis Sanchez amid reports that Chelsea have now joined the race for his signature.