Arsenal has confirmed the final signing of Borussia Dortmund striker, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for a club-record fee of £56 million.
Aubameyang is believed to have signed a three-and-a-half-year deal that runs until 2021 and makes him the highest-paid player at the north London club on a massive £180,000-a-week.
Arsenal sent a delegation of officials to Dortmund last week, led by chief executive Ivan Gazidis and head of recruitment Sven Mislintat, and a breakthrough in talks was finally made over the weekend.
The Gunners have gradually and significantly improved their offer for the 28-year-old forward, having started at £44m, and the fee eventually agreed eclipses the figure paid to Lyon for Alexandre Lacazette last summer.
For a long time, Dortmund tried to make Olivier Giroud to be included in the deal, but the Frenchman preferred to remain in London and is expected to join Chelsea, who in turn will allow Michy Batshuayi to move to BVB as Aubameyang’s replacement.
A statement from Arsenal confirmed that :
“The 28-year-old has joined us from Borussia Dortmund on a long-term contract for a club-record fee.
“This deal is subject to the completion of regulatory processes and Auba’s squad number will be confirmed shortly.”