Wednesday, January 31

Transfer News: Aubameyang joins Arsenal, Olivier Giroud moves to Chelsea and Batshuayi joins Dortmund on loan

The move comes just hours after Arsenal confirmed the signing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund, who have just loaned Michy Batshuayi from Chelsea.

A triangle of transfers developed between the three clubs over the last few days of the January transfer window, with each move seemingly hindering on one of the others going through.

While Dortmund wanted Batshuayi as Aubameyang's replacement, Chelsea were reluctant to let him go without bringing in another alternative to Alvaro Morata and turned to Giroud after failing to land Edin Dzeko from Roma.

Arsenal, however, were awaiting their club record signing from the German side before relinquishing the France international.
Giroud, 31, had grown frustrated at the Gunners after being dropped to the bench following Alexandre Lacazette's arrival from Lyon.

Arsenal signed Aubameyang for £55 million plus £5m in further add-ons.
Aubameyang, 28, has been subject of negotiations between the Gunners and Dortmund for several weeks, with Arsenal having refused to meet the Bundesliga side's €70m asking price.

The striker, who scored 31 league goals last season, was left out of two consecutive games for Dortmund after missing a team meeting, with head coach Peter Stoger accusing the frontman of not being focused.

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