If you want to believe that Arsenal have launched a £44million for Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang then you are free to do so, but whether they have or not is unlikely to make a difference.
That is because, according to the Daily Mail, the Bundesliga outfit will not consider selling their goal machine for less than £60million, which would be enough to break both Arsenal's and the British transfer record.
Arsenal have been linked with a big-money move for Aubameyang in the current transfer window and those reports went up a notch earlier on Thursday when Kiki Marin claimed they had launched a £44m bid.
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The El Confidencial journalist cut himself a reputation as an informed Arsenal source after he revealed that Hector Bellerin had signed a new contract with the club, but he has certainly been wrong many more times than he has been right.
We're not suggesting that the Daily Mail is an ever-reliable source of news, but their suggestion that Dortmund will demand £60m for the Gabon international is certainly more believable than Arsene Wenger attempting to break Arsenal's transfer record.
No pressure to sell
Dortmund tied Aubamayang to a five-year deal last summer and there is no suggestion that the player is tempted by the bright lights of the Premier League.
He has flourished alongside Marco Reus this season, transforming himself from a right-midfielder into Europe's most deadly striker.
24 goals in 23 games this season has put him above the likes of Robert Lewandowski and Luis Suarez, but as Dortmund attempt to chase down Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich, Aubameyang is unlikely to push for a move at the midway point.
If Arsenal are to launch a bid, fans will most likely have to wait until the summer, meaning Olivier Giroud will be in charge of delivering the Premier League title they are expecting.
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