by Tony Attwood
OK so maybe we are about to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and maybe Chelsea really do want Giroud. Maybe as GiveMeSport says, “Liverpool fans on social media are far from happy at news that Arsenal are closing in on the £56m signing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.”
But what does the situation look like in Germany; do they agree the deal is on? (We’ll forget about the misery of Liverpool fans because that happens every time they look away from the continual support given to them by the media and focus instead on the number of trophies won in the last ten years).
Here is what www.kicker.de says about Arsenal today.
kicker reports in its print edition today that, “the two clubs have agreed on a transfer fee of the equivalent of 63 million euros. However, part of the package negotiated between Hans-Joachim Watzke and Michael Zorc on the one hand and Arsenal CEO Ivan Gazidis and Hussein Fahmy on the other hand should be a free loan from Olivier Giroud (31). The French international is to replace Aubameyang in Dortmund’s attack centre until the end of the season.”
However the report continues, this is where things get sticky as Giroud is not giving any indication that he is willing to go.
But, kicker continues, “In the event that Aubameyang joins the Gunners, Giroud favours (for personal reasons) a change that allows him to stay within London.” In short a move to Chelsea.
Back with kicker, the story continues, “Chelsea, in turn, think that the young Belgian Michy Batshuayi (24) is a reasonable candidate for a loan.”
“Is it now a triangular transfer? Aubameyang to Arsenal, Giroud to Chelsea, Batshuayi to BVB?” Since you ask it stands for “Ballspiel-Verein Borussia 1909” (Ball Games club Borussia in case you are interested).
Meanwhile there is another possibility: Anthony Modeste.
Modeste moved to Tianjin Quanjian rather than Borussia Dortmund last summer, and has returned to Westphalia. Modeste has not found China to his liking and would rather return to the Bundesliga -tomorrow if it has to be, but preferably today.
And kicker now tells us that a transfer of 30 million euros for Modeste is a real possibility as BVB coach Peter Stöger has never broken off contact with his former player.
- Dortmund get Modeste if they want to buy him
- Dortmund get Batshayi on loan from Chelsea
- Aubameyang goes to Arsenal
- Chelsea get Giroud on loan or purchase from Arsenal
Simple isn’t it.
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11 Replies to “Abuameyang transfer starts to make sense in German newspapers”
Well the Guardian has published an info that it is agreed with Borrussia Dortmund.
So it really looks like we’ll have 2 new additions in the front line
I just wish Giroud would stay….we definitely will need him
Chelsea could be a club Arsenal need to climb over to top-4.
Odds are longer that it would be Chelsea to miss out, of the 4 looking at 2 spots– but still longer if OG goes to West London.
Just can’t see Giroud in blue– except Les Bleus.
There is some fuzzy thinking here for Chelsea. Chelsea have all the control over this deal but is coming out third.
1. Why pay such a high an amount for Giroud? Arsenal need Chelsea’s Batshauyi because Giroud won’t relocate. So Chelsea should get Giroud for a song not 35M if they want to release Batshauyi to Dortmund.
2. Alternatively, Aubumayeng is much better than Giroud. Why should Chelsea not sign Aubumayeng, allow Batshayi to Dortmund on loan and keep Arsenal out of the loop?
If we get Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan in the same transfer window in which we have lost Alexis and Walcott, it would be great. That means we would get two first-team players for one first-team player (Alexis) and a substitute (Theo).
If we lose Giroud in the process, however, there is a problem with our Europa League team. As you might have read elsewhere, Aubameyang is ineligible to play for us despite the fact he didn’t play in EL for Borussia because his current club has been relegated from Champions League to Europa League. Mkhitaryan played in CL for Manchester United but is eligible to play because Man U have qualified for Ro16. Ah, UEFA rules… You have to love them, right?
Anyway, that would mean we have signed just one EL addition and lost THREE players from our attacking line-up.
Of course, it can be solved this way:
-Lacazette to start in Europa League,
-Aubameyang to start in Premier League,
-both of them to start v Man City in League Cup Final.
Čech-Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal-Elneny-Xhaka, Wilshere-Özil, Mkhitaryan-Aubameyang.
Ospina-Chambers, Mavropanos, Holding, Kolašinac-Maitland-Niles-Ramsey, Iwobi-Nelson, Welbeck-Lacazette.
Pete, I did say that it only starts to make sense.
When Sven Mislintat joined Arsenal it may sense he would look to players he already knew to be top quality. He knows both players we have bought in from Dortmund and his connections made the Abuameyang deal happen. Also, Mkhitaryan (Miki)is great friends with Abuameyang.
Whatever way you look at this, this is a fantastic transfer window. Wenger is a long time admirer of Miki, he tried to sign him before and Abaumeyang has the best goal scoring ration out there (100 goals in 117 games).
Despite what we are all told in the fake news media, Arsenal can attract the best players unless they are only looking for money.
I would thank Sanchez for his services but for the past 6 months he has shown to be a disruptive influence who has upset the chemistry of the team. Rows with players and Koscielny just show he was playing for himself.
What I find intriguing however, is how we are going to fit all these players in. Nice problem to have but a problem nonetheless. Abuameyang, Miki, Lacazette, Giroud, Wellbeck all fighting to be served by Ozil and Jack. If that doesn’t excite Gooners, nothing will.
Watching us dominate teams but fail to convert the many chances we create has been frustrating. Hoepefully, that is now behind us.
As for the media, Spurs, Liverpool, Chelsea and some of the bitter ex players that blight our great club – be afraid. Be very afraid.
Anyone getting Giroud for 35M is getting a bargain.
The same Giroud that Arsenal faithfuls have slated year after year, after year!I would thought that Arsenal fans are relieved we are not been asked to add a few million pounds for the the favor to be rid of him (tongue in cheek).
If this three-way transfer goes off it will be one of the greatest things I’ve seen accomplished in a January window, by all the clubs involved. Three players, three clubs, all reliant on each other with 24 hours to go. Brilliant. Giroud is all but confirmed to Chelsea for £17.5m and Auba is in his medical as we speak. Shame about Olivier because he’s my favourite Arsenal player, but he’ll be around and in the PL still, which is good for him and the league itself.
I’m very sorry to see Giroud go; a great player, woefully under-appreciated by the gobs-on-sticks section of the Arenal supportes. All the same, the move is great for him, because he’ll get more playing time in the run-up to the World Cup.