Arsenal look as if they will actually seal the signing of Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang before the transfer deadline day on Wednesday night, with the latest reports on Monday suggesting that a club record fee has been agreed.

It had earlier been independently reported by both BBC Sport and Sky Sports that the clubs, while still talking, were 'close' to reaching the crucial agreement over the transfer fee.

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That followed comments from Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc over the weekend that explained several bids from the Gunners had been rejected. Now, however, a report from the ​Daily Telegraph claims that a deal worth €63m (£55.4m) has been struck.

​Sky Sports later chimed in with claims of their own that the deal agreed 'in principle is worth £60m. But whether €63m or £60m, the figures exceeds what Arsenal paid to sign existing record buy Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon last summer.

Aubameyang also stands to become Arsenal's highest paid payer ever. Earlier, journalist Fabrizio Romano had suggested that the Gabon international will sign a three-and-a-half year contract with Arsenal that will see him earn €10m (£8.8m) per season.

The Telegraph report says similar, estimating the player's weekly wage at £180,000.

It remains to be seen whether Olivier Giroud will head in the opposite direction, but Dortmund had previously insisted that they must have a replacement secured before the deal goes through. The Telegraph notes that separate talks over the Frenchman are now taking place.

Eager Arsenal fans have tipped Aubameyang to inherit the vacant number 14 shirt once worn with such distinction by Gunners legend Thierry Henry. The jersey was occupied by Theo Walcott for a decade until his departure to Everton earlier this month.


It had been thought that Aubameyang could take the number seven shirt - he wears 17 for Dortmund and previously wore seven at Saint-Etienne - but that was instead handed to new signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan soon after his arrival from Manchester United last week.