Chelsea are closing in on a £65million deal for Borussia Dortmund hotshot Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang . Blues boss Antonio Conte is desper…
Chelsea are closing in on a £65million deal for Borussia Dortmund hotshot Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang .
Blues boss Antonio Conte is desperate to solve his striker problem and Chelsea are now in pole position for Aubameyang, after missing out on Romelu Lukaku, and finding it difficult to land Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid.
The move is set to spark a striker merry-go-round as Dortmund have now entered formal talks with Arsenal for France striker Olivier Giroud after Mirror Sport revealed their interest.
Chelsea are also preparing to offload bad boy striker Diego Costa to his former club Atletico Madrid who would then loan him out until January as they are under a transfer embargo. They can sign him but cannot play him until the ban is lifted.
There has been interest from China in a six month loan deal with Costa anxious to play in World Cup year but knows he has no future at Chelsea and has been given an extended break to resolve his future.
Aubameyang, 28, is lightning quick and has a prolific strike rate – scoring 40 goals last season – but is ready to leave Dortmund who are now resigned to losing him.
Dortmund are hopeful of doing a deal for Giroud as a ready-made replacement and it is understood the Arsenal striker prefers that switch ahead of interest from Everton, West Ham and Marseille.
Arsenal want around £35m for Giroud who has admitted this week that leaving is “an option” after the arrival of Alexandre Lacazette.