Arsenal are preparing a second bid for striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after failing with an initial offer, according to reports.
German newspaper RevierSport claims the Gunners have already failed with an offer of £28.7million for the player, and will now come back to the table with an improved bid in excess of £30million.
However, the publication goes on to report that Arsene Wenger will need to offer more than £31million to have a chance of landing the Gabon international forward, after Borussia Dortmund sold fellow striker Ciro Immobile to Sevilla last week.
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Aubameyang did well last season despite Dortmund's struggles, scoring 16 Bundesliga goals and 10 in other competitions - the best return of his career and more than he managed in his final season with Saint-Etienne, which led to the move to Germany.
Despite having three years left on his contract at Signal Iduna Park, his form has sparked interest across Europe, with Ligue 1 champions Paris-Saint Germain also reported to be interested in the 26-year-old.
It's Arsenal who lead the Premier League charge for the speedster's services though, and additional firepower could help make the FA Cup holders legitimate title contenders. They also have room up-front following Yaya Sanogo's second loan exit.
Olivier Giroud remains the leading man at the Emirates Stadium, whilst Alexis Sanchez, Danny Welbeck and Theo Walcott can offer support from the flanks. Chuba Akpom will also be hoping for more first-team opportunities after his pre-season hat-trick for the Gunners in Singapore.
Aubameyang would offer even more pace to the attacking line in north London, were he to arrive this summer, and his eye for goal would certainly be a benefit to Arsenal as they look to add to the 71 notched in the top flight last season.
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