Arsenal Close To £60m Deal For Dortmund Striker Aubameyang

West Ham are set to strike a deal which will see Ghanaian star Andre Ayew return to Swansea

West Ham are set to strike a deal which will see Ghanaian star Andre Ayew return to Swansea

The Daily Telegraph report that Chelsea are hoping to clinch a move for Giroud, which will see Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang join Arsenal and Michy Batshuayi head to Borussia Dortmund.

Dortmund want Chelsea's Batshuayi and the striker is keen to go to Germany, but the Blues need to replace him and turned to Arsenal's Giroud to do the job.

Veteran striker Olivier Giroud was touted as a potential replacement with Arsene Wenger happy to comply, but Chelsea have reportedly emerged as front-runners to secure the Frenchman's services.

Already this month, they've allowed Alexis Sanchez to leave the club for Manchester United, adding Henrikh Mkhitaryan to their ranks as part of the same deal.

Since then he has started just one Premier League game and is now more open to a move - especially in a World Cup year.

A deal of £55.4 million has been agreed between the two clubs with Aubameyang set to sign a 3.5 year deal with the Gunners.

Giroud, now sidelined with an injury, has been tipped to leave the Gunners.

An announcement is expected imminently, though the deal may not be good news for everybody at Arsenal, with L'Equipe claiming it will be "impossible" for Lacazette to keep his place. Sanchez's departure means the Gunners sold an asset who is involved in scoring and creating lot of goals for them.

But, Arsenal Twitter has made a point which doesn't exactly make the Giroud deal look great for Arsenal.

The Premier League champions are desperate to get a targetman for Antonio Conte but Giroud's departure from Arsenal is not straightforward.

Aubameyang, 28, will sign a £180,000-a-week contract to join Arsenal with the deal now nearing completion before Wednesday's deadline.

Safe to say, Arsenal fans wish Wenger would act in the same manner.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is fond of Giroud, but the 31-year-old France striker has been told he will not get the game time he needs before this summer's World Cup in Russian Federation.

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