Reporter confirms Arsenal will pay £53m to sign ‘direct replacement’ for Alexis Sanchez

Sky Sports News reporter Keith Downie reveals Arsenal are prepared to spend £53m on Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

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Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang with ex-manager Thomas Tuchel Photo: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang / Instagram

Arsenal are willing to spend £53m on Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as a direct replacement for Alexis Sanchez, according to reporter Keith Downie.

The Gunners are bracing themselves for Sanchez’s departure in the January transfer window amid reported interest from Chelsea and Manchester United.

Premier League leaders Manchester City were rumoured to be favourites to sign the Chile international for most of the 2017-18 season so far.

However, Manchester United have since moved into pole position to sign the South American forward, who will leave a goal void in the Arsenal team.

The Gunners have identified Aubameyang as the ideal replacement for Sanchez in the January transfer window given the African forward’s prolific record at Borussia Dortmund.

The Gabon international has scored 141 goals in 212 games in the past five seasons at the Bundesliga outfit to establish himself as one of Europe’s top strikers.

Aubameyang has been linked with a potential move to the Premier League on a regular basis over the past three or four seasons but a deal has failed to materialise.

However, Sky Sports News reporter Keith Downie revealed that Arsenal will have to cough up a transfer fee in the region of £53m to sign Aubameyang from Dortmund.

“Staying with Arsenal, and another player who could arrive in this window – they remain optimistic of signing the Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang,” Downie told Sky Sports News on Wednesday morning.

“We’ve been told that Arsenal are willing to spend around £53m to sign him and he would be a straight replacement for Alexis Sanchez.

“He was left out of the squad for Sunday’s draw against Wolfsburg for disciplinary reasons, that’s because he missed a team meeting the day before.”

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