Arsenal failed in an audacious €90million summer swoop for Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, a report has claimed.
Gunners’ boss Arsene Wenger has long been accused of lacking sufficient ambition in the transfer market, with a most especially frustrated at the continued failure to land a top class striker.
They eventually signed Lucas Perez to boost their forward ranks, but it has now been claimed that it was Aubameyang who was the real target.
That claim is from transfer intermediary – essentially a well-connected individual who puts clubs in touch with each other in the hope of getting a cut of any deal – Vincenzo Morabito.
In an interview with IamNaples.it, he revealed that, when attempting to broker a deal between Napoli and Dortmund for Aubameyang, Arsenal’s interest in him was known.
He said: “Sometime ago, I called Zork, Dortmund’s director of football, to talk about Aubameyang, but the ‘no’ was absolutely categorical. I know that this summer, Arsenal offered €90m for Aubameyang, but Borussia didn’t want to hear anything about it.”