Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has agreed personal terms with Arsenal – leaving the ball in Borussia Dortmund’s court.
The Gunners want to sign the Gabonese hitman to replace Alexis Sanchez who is set to leave the Emirates in the coming days, with Manchester United his most likely destination.
Aubameyang is determined to force through the move after he was banished from the team for disciplinary reasons at the weekend.
The forward has told Dortmund there is no coming back from the incident which saw him miss their goalless draw with Wolfsburg on Sunday – his third internal suspension in just over 12 months.
Aubameyang has established himself as one of Europe’s premier marksmen over the last few seasons and has been in incredible form in front of goal this term.
He has netted 13 times in just 15 Bundesliga outings adding another eight strikes in all competitions.
The disciplinary issue came after missing a team meeting, and Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke said: “Auba has to talk to the coach and tell him whether he is ready to give everything for Borussia Dortmund.
“[Head coach] Peter Stoger and [sporting director] Michael Zorc will discuss it with him.
“I guess he understood [being dropped]. Let’s see how it develops in the next days.
“For me it is just logical [that Aubameyang stays]. I expect everything to be as it was. He is a player of BVB, he trains and he is in our plans for the upcoming match.”
Arsenal could also sign Henrikh Mkhitaryan as part of a deal which sees Sanchez head to Old Trafford.
Sanchez is still expected to join United this week after they blew Manchester City out of the window with personal terms of up to £400,000-a-week and a £30m signing on fee.
Arsenal want to get that done sooner rather than later so they can press on with their own plans.