Arsenal have been handed a major boost to strengthen their squad before the close of the January transfer window.
Borussia Dortmund would consider an €80 million (£68m) bid for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the German club’s chief executive has revealed.
Arsenal are claimed to have had an offer of £80m rejected by Dortmund last summer, while Real Madrid have also been heavily linked with the 27-year-old.
And Hans-Joachim Watzke admits Dortmund’s prized striker, who has 20 goals in 21 appearances this season, could be on the move this summer if they receive a large enough bid.
‘We can never guarantee that a player will stay with Borussia Dortmund forever, but our strength is to always find new solutions,’ Watzke told Kicker TV.
Auba was our alternative to ‘the world ending’ after [Robert] Lewandowski’s departure. With an €80 million offer, I would be thinking about [club president] Reinhard Rauball and [sporting director] Michael Zorc – if we had one, we would have to get together with Pierre-Emerick.
‘We always have to differentiate between situations where there is such an offer, but we have no pressure … I would prefer it if no offer came.
‘He is definitely good enough to go to an even bigger club. There are only a few, but I’m glad to read that it’s a good idea to go to Barcelona.’