Arsenal interested in Borussia Dortmund star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

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Borussia Dortmund are open to the idea of selling Arsenal target Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang so long as the Gunners agree to pay their £30m asking price, reports Sky Sports.

New of Jurgen Klopp's departure from the Westfalenstadion has left many believing an exodus of their best players is also on the cards. Sky Sports ran a feature detailing the five stars who are most likely to leave alongside Klopp in the summer.

One of those was Gabon international Aubameyang, who has impressed as a forward since joining from St-Etienne in 2013. They paid under £10million to sign him, but believe his transfer value has more than tripled in two years.

Beacon in the darkness

Aubameyang has scored 17 goals in 37 games this season, standing out as a highlight in what has otherwise been a poor season for Borussia Dortmund. At 25-years-old, he has got plenty of time to further improve his skills and has attracted the attention of Arsene Wenger as a result.

However, Arsenal would be unwilling to pay such a high fee for a player as unproven as Aubameyang. They managed to buy Alexis Sanchez for around the same last summer and, despite being much richer than he was previously, Wenger is still keen to get value for money.

He will be hoping Dortmund's compromising situation forces them to sell for a lower price. Currently tenth in the Bundesliga, they look set to be absent from any European football next season.

Financial meltdown

That would leave a big gap in their finances and would also leave world-class players like Aubameyang considering their futures. Whether they will have to sell the forward is another matter.

Mats Hummels looks the most likely to leave and could generate over £30m for the club. Ilkay Gundogan, who has also been linked with Arsenal, could also generate around £20m. That double sale would likely balance the books for Dortmund and leave them with a chance of rebuilding for next season.

Walcott replacement

It is also hard to see where Aubameyang will fit into the current Arsenal squad. He is very similar to Danny Welbeck in that he is tall, strong and very quick. Arsenal fans certainly would not be upset with having two Welbeck's in their squad, but Aubameyang's arrival would almost certainly spell the end for another winger, most likely to be Theo Walcott.

The England international is out of contract in 12 months and talks are yet to start over an extension.


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