Squad no assigned: Arsenal agree £18m for goal poacher

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Chelsea have made a breakthrough in talks with Arsenal and agreed to pay £18m for Olivier Giroud, reports The Daily Telegraph.

 Antonio Conte’s side agreed a £20m deal earlier this week before taking their bid off the table in order to drive the price down.

 Arsenal, unsurprisingly unimpressed with Chelsea’s move, threatened to walk away from negotiations, but have now agreed to Giroud’s sale to Chelsea.

 Giroud’s impending arrival at Chelsea will now almost certainly see Michy Batshuayi leave to join Borussia Dortmund and accelerate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s move to Arsenal.

 The Gabon international is currently in London after jetting in from Germany to undergo his medical with Arsenal but will only be able to join Arsene Wenger’s side if Dortmund land a replacement before Wednesday’s deadline


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