Arsene Wenger warned Arsenal signing top 28-year-old striker could cost £55m

Arsenal and Dortmund still haven't agreed a transfer fee to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, according to reporter Gary Cotterill

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Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund are still some distance apart in negotiations for the signing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, with the Bundesliga club holding out for £55m, according to reporter Gary Cotterill.

The Gunners have been linked with a move to sign the Gabon international in the January transfer window to fill the void left by Alexis Sanchez following the South American’s switch to Manchester United.

Aubameyang has been a controversial figure at Dortmund over the past two or three seasons with a series of disciplinary issues raising valid questions about his temperament.

However, the 28-year-old’s record in front of goal speaks for itself following 141 goals in 212 games in all competitions during four and a half seasons at Dortmund.

Arsenal are rumoured to be prepared £44m for the African forward but Dortmund want the Gunners to pay a club record fee on Aubameyang.

Sky Sports News reporter Cotterill confirmed that Arsenal and Dortmund are still some distance apart in their valuation of the 28-year-old striker.

“The two sides are still apart but they are coming gradually closer together,” Cotterill said on Sky Sports News on Wednesday.

“Arsenal have made a renewed bid of around £44m for Aubameyang but Borussia Dortmund are holding out for more like £55m.

“Neither will get their way, I’m sure they’ll reach a settlement quite soon somewhere in the middle of that.

“Arsenal don’t want to pay more than they did for Alexanadre Lacazette and Dortmund realise the player wants to leave. I think this deal will come to fruition fairly soon.”

Arsenal signed Alexandre Lacazette in a £52m deal from Ligue 1 side Lyon in the summer transfer window to improve their attacking options.

The Gunners are in sixth place in the Premier League table but five points adrift of Liverpool FC, who occupy the final Champions League spot.

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