Breaking: Dortmund confirm Batshuayi deal, Auba is a Gunner

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Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi is travelling to Germany to complete a loan switch to Borussia Dortmund.

Standard Sport understands the Belgium international didn’t report to the team hotel ahead of the Bournemouth game as planned on Tuesday

He was given the go-ahead by the club to make the move to Borussia Dortmund as they’re on the verge of signing Olivier Giroud from Arsenal for £18m.

Batshuayi has been pushing to leave Stamford Bridge this month in order to play more regular first-team football.

The 24-year-old has started just four League games since joining from Marseille for £33.1m in 2016 and is worried about his place in Belgium’s World Cup squad.

Dortmund agreed terms with Chelsea and Batshuayi on Tuesday and he is due to arrive at the club’s training ground for a medical.

The deal needs to be completed by 5pm UK time, which is when the transfer window closes in Germany, but no complications are expected.

His departure is the trigger needed for Arsenal to complete a £55m move for Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The Bundesliga club weren’t prepared to sign off the transfer until they found a replacement and Batshuayi emerged as their first choice after Giroud turned them down.

Chelsea also wouldn’t consider letting Batshuayi leave unless they brought someone else in first and they have looked at a number of players this month including Andy Carroll, Peter Crouch and Edin Dzeko, who couldn’t agree personal terms.

They only ended their interest in Dzeko on Monday,although they had already begun making inquiries for Giroud and Tottenham’s Fernando Llorente.

As Standard Sport revealed on Friday, Chelsea initially only wanted Giroud on loan but the offer was rejected by the north London club.

Negotiations with Arsenal over a permanent deal stepped up yesterday, but with manager Arsene Wenger reluctant to sell to a rival, Chelsea coach Antonio Conte has been preparing for the possibility of Batshuayi staying.


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