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Aubameyang ultimatum issued by Borussia Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund have left the door open for Arsenal to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang but insist certain demands have to be met.

The Bundesliga club have already rejected a bid in excess of £50m for the 28-year-old forward but say a deal could still be reached. It is believed they want in the region of £60m.

Dortmund’s sporting director Michael Zorc told Sky Germany: “We are prepared to implement a transfer under certain parameters, and only if these parameters are fully met.

“Arsenal have made several attempts so far [to sign Aubameyang] and they have all been rejected.

“Either our demands are fulfilled, then there can be another transfer, or they will not be fulfilled and Aubameyang will play in Dortmund until the summer.

“By the way, this has also been discussed with and accepted by the Aubameyang family.”

Arsenal officials have been in Germany this week to discuss a deal for the forward but their offer of more than £50m was rejected on Wednesday.

Aubameyang has not played for Dortmund since December 16 due to a combination of the Bundesliga’s winter break and being dropped for poor discipline.

However, Dortmund boss Peter Stoger restored his leading scorer to the team for Saturday’s league game against Freiburg where he played for ninety minutes in the 2-2 draw.

Arsenal have made it clear that Olivier Giroud will not be part of a deal to bring Aubameyang to the Emirates
Arsenal have made it clear that Olivier Giroud will not be part of a deal to bring Aubameyang to the Emirates

Sky Sports News reported on Thursday that Olivier Giroud would not be moving to Dortmund as part of the potential Aubameyang deal, despite reports he may move on loan to the Westfalenstadion.

When asked on Friday about Arsenal’s pursuit of Aubameyang, Arsene Wenger said: “I cannot tell you more, nothing to announce today.

“At the moment we stay where we are. It’s still possible [something could happen] but we are far from being close.”

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