Aubameyang to Arsenal: Borussia Dortmund star at airport ahead of £55million deal

Footage shows the Borussia Dortmund striker wheeling his luggage into the airport terminal with two other people.

Social media editor for German outlet Ruhr Nachrichten Florian Groeger posted the video on Twitter and said: “BREAKING! @Aubameyang7 has just arrived at @DortmundAirport with his family.”

Aubameyang flew to London Luton on a private jet and is now at Arsenal’s training ground in London Colney.

It is not clear where Aubameyang is flying to but his most likely destination is London to seal his £55million move to Arsenal.

Aubameyang’s move to the Emirates appeared to be at an impasse despite Arsenal and Dortmund reaching an agreement on the fee.

Dortmund refused to sanction the deal until they had signed a replacement for Aubameyang.

Chelsea’s Michy Batshuayi is the man Dortmund want to replace Aubameyang but the Blues are also attempting to find a forward to cover for the Belgian, which could be Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud.

But Aubameyang’s arrival at Dortmund airport suggests there has been a breakthrough.

Aubameyang was booed by a section of Dortmund fans at the Westfalenstadion during their 2-2 draw with Freiburg on Saturday and a banner in the crowd read: ‘No player is bigger than our club’.

When asked about Aubameyang, Huddersfield manager David Wagner hailed the 28-year-old as “top class”.

“He will be top class. He is a top-class striker, goalscorer – he has everything,” said Wagner.

“The club who will sign him can be very happy for sure. I really like this player.”

While German football expert Raphael Honigstein claims the deal is definitely going through.

Honigstein said on the BBC’S Euro Leagues Podcast: “Yes, he is going for sure.

“Dortmund are still trying to get a replacement in, but it’s looking pretty good for Michy Batshuayi on loan – that’s the latest we’ve heard.

“They’re reluctant to buy outright and there aren’t that many players that fit the bill on loan for them.

“This one is definitely going through.

“He’ll bring pace, great finishing and great movement to the table.

“I think it’ll be hard to get him to play alongside (Alexandre) Lacazette.

“He’s someone who will add goals for Arsenal, but I don’t know if he’ll individually lift the team to another level.

“I’m not sure he’s that type of player.”

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Arsenal timeline

January 21

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis, Sven Mislintat and Huss Fahmy are spotted in Dortmund as speculation mounts over a bid for Aubameyang

January 22

Wenger speaks about the Aubameyang deal in his press conference but remains coy on the developments.

“You never know how close you are,” he said.

“This is the kind of thing – he is one of the possible movements, but we have other things in mind as well. We have plenty of opportunities and the final decision is not made.

“At the moment we are not close to any deal, Aubameyang or anybody else.”

January 25

Dortmund reject a bid of around £50m for Aubameyang but talks continue.

January 27

Michael Zorc tells Arsenal to pay up if they want Aubameyang

“Either our demands are met, then there may be still a transfer,” Zorc told Sky Sports Germany. 

“But, if they are not fulfilled then Auba plays until the summer in Dortmund. So it is discussed by the way also with the family Aubameyang and accepted.

“Arsenal has started several attempts that we have declined, so I can not say how it will end at the moment.”

January 28

Arsenal agree £180,000 a week deal with Aubameyang to make him highest-paid player in club’s history.

January 29

Arsenal finally agree a £55m deal in principle with Dortmund – although the Bundesliga side want a replacement before the deal goes through

Dortmund wanted Olivier Giroud in return but are looking into Michy Batshuayi and Anthony Modeste.

January 29

Ian Wright admits he’s nervous about Arsenal missing out on the deal

“I’m really nervous because I really want that to happen,” Wright said on BBC Radio 5 Live.

“Inadvertently Arsenal would have done good business by doing terrible business in the first place. 

“They would have fallen on their feet, I’m so excited by that.”

January 30

Aubameyang gets a private jet from Dortmund to London and arrives at the Arsenal training ground.

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