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According to reports in Germany, Arsenal and Dortmund have reached an agreement of €60 million – roughly £53.7 million – for the 28-year-old and the deal will be done on Wednesday.
Previously, Dortmund officials have projected a calm and confident approach in negotiations and it seems as though for all of Arsenal’s endeavour, they have managed to shave all of £2.3 million off Dortmund’s reported asking price of £56 million.
Michael Zorc, sporting director of Dortmund, in an interview with German TV, suggested: “We are ready to realise a transfer under certain parameters, but only if these [parameters] are fully met.
He confirmed that “Arsenal have made several attempts thus far, but we have refused them all.”
Arsenal have already secured Henrikh Mkhitaryan as part of the Alexis Sanchez deal and are reportedly looking to bring Jonny Evans in from West Brom, too.