Blow for Arsenal as Borussia Dortmund star headed for China

According to a growing number of outlets in the Chinese media today, Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has a deal in place to join CSL side Guangzhou Evergrande this summer.

World-class

Aubameyang, a 28-year-old Gabonese international, has developed into of of world football’s most in-demand stars over recent seasons.

Since joining Dortmund from Saint-Etienne in 2013, the lightning-quick attacker has notched an incredible 98 goals in 143 Bundesliga appearances, doing a phenomenal job of filling the shoes left by Robert Lewandowski.

Wanted man

Unsurprisingly, ‘Auba’ has been linked with a host of European giants over the last few years, with Real Madrid, Barcelona, Liverpool, AC Milan, Chelsea, PSG and Manchester City having all been touted as potential destinations during this summer’s transfer window.

The 56-time capped international has previously stated his desire to join Real Madrid, though he also warmed to the idea of a return to AC Milan (where he played early in his career) earlier this year.

In the end, though, the Rossoneri took too long to come to an agreement with Dortmund, who took their crown jewel off the market in the middle of July.

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‘Will certainly leave’

In a surprise update last month, though, both Aubameyang and Borussia Dortmund confirmed that the African hitman had extended his deal at the Westfalenstadion until 2021.

However, BVB sporting director Michael Zorc was quick to admit that:

‘One day, he (Auba) will certainly leave Borussia Dortmund.’

Money talks

And, as per a rake of reports stemming from China this morning, Aubameyang’s move away from Dortmund is set to come just 6 months after his extension with the club, after claims emerged that the prolific striker has given his word to Guangzhou Evergrande over a move this coming summer.

If proven true, the transfer will no doubt make Aubameyang one of the highest paid players in world football.

As such, Arsenal, who were said to be readying an offer for Aubameyang in the (highly likely) case that Alexis Sanchez departs the club in the near future, look to have been dealt a major blow in their chase of the AC Milan youth product.