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Arsenal linked with £42m move for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

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Arsene Wenger claimed last week that he planned to be "busy" in the January transfer window, but even the most optimistic of Arsenal fans will not be expecting a deal like this.

Although there are more reliable newspapers than the Sun on Sunday when it comes to transfer news – or just about anything, really – they have a story that is likely to get the Emirates faithful giddy with excitement.

Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is the kind of player Wenger likes to sign. Rapid pace, a deadly eye for goal and, at least compared to other strikers, coming at a fairly reasonable price.

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Indeed, Aubameyang, with 18 goals in the Bundesliga, is currently leading the race for Europe's Golden Shoe, making him, arguably, the best striker across the continent this season.

But the fact he is not playing for one of the elite of the elite – Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Real Madrid – means he will cost Arsenal, according to the same report, £42million; just £6m more than Manchester United's initial fee for Anthony Martial.

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Bargain buy

While it would come within a whisker of breaking their club record deal, it would be considered a bargain if Aubamayang can bring his current form in the Bundesliga in the English game.

Currently leading the title race, it is exactly the kind of signing that could separate them from the pack and gift them their first title since 2004.

Contact made

A source told the report: “An intermediary has made contact with Dortmund about Pierre-Emerick making a move to Arsenal.

“Wenger knows the fee is very high — yet this is a striker who can make a massive difference for him and help win the title for the first time in 12 years.

“But there is a lot of interest in him.”

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Harder than that

Arsenal have significant money to spend, but whether Borussia Dortmund would be willing to sell at any price is a big issue.

Thomas Tuchel knows it will be almost impossible to find a suitable replacement in the same month meaning Aubameyang's departure will almost certainly end their hopes of catching Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich.

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