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Confirmed: Arsenal submit opening offer of £44million for striker transfer

Arsenal have reportedly made an opening bid to seal the transfer of Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, according to sources in Germany.

The Gabon international has been linked by various outlets with a move to the Emirates Stadium this January, with Arsenal in need of additions up front.

Gianluca Di Marzio reported earlier today that a deal involving Alexis Sanchez and Henrikh Mkhitaryan was heading into the final stages of completion, with an announcement surely now imminent.

With that in mind, Arsenal could do with more firepower up front to replace Sanchez, and Aubameyang seems an ideal candidate.

WA have reported of Dortmund chief Michael Zorc heading to London for talks with Arsenal, and Kicker now add that the north Londoners have made their first offer.

It is claimed that Arsenal have put £44millon on the table for the 28-year-old, but that this falls short of Dortmund’s asking price of £53m.

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Arsenal have bid for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Arsene Wenger’s side will surely have no choice but to improve on that first offer as they cannot afford to go into the second half of the season without a like-for-like replacement for Sanchez.

The Chilean has been a key member of their squad for the last few years now, and summer signing Alexandre Lacazette has struggled of late with no goals in his last nine games.

Aubameyang looks like he’d be an upgrade and it surely wouldn’t be beyond Arsenal to pay just a little more to get the deal over the line.

UPDATE: Dortmund have confirmed an opening bid from Arsenal but would not comment further on how much has been put on the table.

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