Chelsea may well hold the key to Arsenal’s proposed move for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, according to reports on Monday.
Arsenal have agreed a £55million straight cash deal for Aubameyang, according to German outlets Bild, Kicker and several British newspapers.
However, that deal could well depend on whether Dortmund sign a replacement and they are believed to be chasing Chelsea forward Michy Batshuayi on loan for the remainder of the season, according to Bild.
Bild are also confident Arsenal will announce Aubameyan as a done deal later today, but Chelsea must give the green light to allow Batshuayi to leave and that may well depend on whether they can get a deal done for Roma forward Edin Dzeko.
Belgium striker Batshuayi netted a brace in yesterday afternoon’s 4-0 win over Newcastle United in the fourth round of the FA Cup and boss Antonio Conte was unsure about his future.
“Loan? I don’t know what happens. But when you play Premier League, Champions League and then FA Cup, if we have three strikers it is the minimum,” said Conte.
“We have to see what happens in the market. It doesn’t mean Michy has to go on loan. We have a lot of competitions. Three strikers is the minimum.
“I know there is a World Cup and every player wants to play to push the coach of their national team. But this is another situation. In this case, if the club decides to add another player, I don’t know if Michy wants to stay or go on loan, it will be the player’s decision not my decision.
“I’m ready to continue to work with these players. I’m very happy. But I don’t know what happens with the transfer market.”
Meanwhile, Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco said Dzeko looked distracted during Sunday night’s 1-0 defeat at home to Sampdoria.
“In the first half, it looked like his mind was on other things,” the Roma coach told Mediaset.
“If the transfer market is influencing him, though, then I’d have to say that I had another 10 players on the transfer market tonight. It’s not true that all of the speculation, not only surrounding Dzeko, is making me lose sleep — I’m losing sleep because we’re not scoring goals.”
Roma general manager Umberto Gandini has confirmed they are considering an offer from Chelsea.
“The offers are there and we are discussing and evaluating them,” he told Sky Sport Italy. “But it takes three to find an agreement, even with the people who are around the player.
“Nothing has happened yet, but the transfer market is open for everybody. Every club are selling players; it’s totally normal. With the selling and buying of players, you make money but you also get results.”