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Arsenal plan audacious £80m raid on Borussia Dortmund

Arsenal are reportedly keen on Borussia Dortmund stars Mats Hummels, Ilkay Gundogan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – but will have to cough up around £80m to land the trio.

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Arsene Wenger is set to be handed a large transfer kitty for the summer, according to the Daily Star, and wants to sign a new defender, midfielder and striker to serious strengthen his side ahead of the new season.

The reports claim that, in light of Jurgen Klopp’s confirmed exit from Dortmund at the end of the season, Wenger will take advantage and seek to do most of his transfer dealings with the Bundesliga outfit.

Mats Hummels is in high demand, and Manchester United have been linked to the £30m-rated German over the past few seasons. Arsenal could struggle to tempt the World Cup winner into a switch to the Emirates, as he is reportedly vying for a move to Old Trafford.

Ilkay Gundogan is valued at £20m, but the pass-master could be a risky signing for the Gunners given his injury record.

Meanwhile, Wenger is apparently a great admirer of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who has been in fine goalscoring form, despite Dortmund’s woeful season, having netted 20 times in all competitions.

The forward’s current contract isn’t set to expire until 2018, and as a result BVB want a figure around £30m if they are to consider selling the Gabon international.

Arsenal have been in stunning form in the second half of the season, spurred on the by the return of stars Olivier Giroud and Mesut Ozil to full fitness.

The Gunners have leapfrogged to just seven points behind title leaders Chelsea – whom they play in on at the end of April – and have shown signs that they have the quality to challenge for the league.

However, as per usual, the Arsenal faithful have been left wondering why they can’t perform so excellently for a whole season.

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