Auba fee agreed, hinges on stunning four-way deal
PIERRE-Emerick Aubameyang is closing on a stunning switch from Borussia Dortmund to Arsenal after wide reports in Germany and Britain of a monster four-way deal edges closer.
German magazine Kicker report the clubs have agreed a €63 million (AU$96.4m, £55 million) fee for the player and that could also see Olivier Giroud and Michy Batshuayi move.
Giroud is reportedly reluctant to leave England for Germany in a player-plus-cash swap deal to allow Aubameyang to move to the Emirates and The BBC report Dortmund will not let their wantaway striker leave without a replacement.
Incredibly, The Mirror have reported a three way deal between Chelsea, Arsenal and Dortmund will be the way to get the deal over the line.
This will see Giroud swap Arsenal for London rivals Chelsea, who have also shown strong interest in Roma's Edin Dzeko but look set to pull out of the deal.
Giroud's arrival at Stamford Bridge will allow Michy Batshuayi to sign for Dortmund.
Sky Sports report Batshuayi will be a loan deal, after being told he can leave Chelsea should they find a striker to act as back up to out-of-form Alvaro Morata.
The deal will allow Aubameyang to depart Dortmund, with the player already having agreed personal terms on a £180,000-a-week contract (AU$313,000 a week) with Arsenal.
Incredibly, The BBC's David Ornstein has incredibly claimed Chelsea have baulked at Arsenal's £35m transfer fee demand for Giroud and are instead turning their attention to Tottenham's Fernando Llorente - with a swap deal with Batshuayi - in a deal that is yet to be agreed.
Arsenal fans have already gone and purchased Aubameyang jerseys, with the No.14 number made famous by Thierry Henry.
Back in Germany, authorities criticised Aubameyang for failing to testify in a trial over the bomb attack targeting the team last year.
Aubameyang was due to speak at the trial of the alleged attacker, German-Russian man Sergei Wenergold, but did not show up, citing illness.
Prosecutor Carsten Dombert called the sick note presented by the Gabon international's lawyer "absolutely feeble", AFP's sport news arm SID reported.
"I think the justice system shouldn't just accept this," he said.
Presiding judge Peter Windgaetter said he agreed: "I see it in just the same way."
Bild said Aubameyang could face a 10,000-euro ($15,300) fine from the court.
Wenergold has admitted to remotely setting off three explosions in an elaborate bid last April 11 to make a fortune on the stock market.
Earlier, Spanish defender Marc Bartra told the court of his mortal fear when bombs hit his Borussia Dortmund bus in an attack which he said "changed my life".
Bartra, who suffered a fractured wrist in the attack, said he had had nightmares since the traumatic event, which left him in hospital for five "terrible" days.
"I still haven't fully got over the attack and continue to suffer," the player said in a written statement read at the hearing in Dortmund.
"I suffered mortal fear and was afraid I would never see my family again."