Arsenal transfer news: Aubameyang update, Walcott move nears completion and more - 17th January 2017
Aubameyang's father arrives in London
The Borussia Dortmund striker has been at the German club since 2013 and has proven to be one of the best strikers in world football over the past five years. However, his time at Dortmund looks set to come to an end with Arsenal firmly in for the 28-year old, as per Sport Witness.
The Gunners are likely to lose two of their star players in Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil by summer, given both of them are in the final six months of their contract. While the club can still try to renew their contracts, it is also possible for the duo to agree a pre-contract with foreign clubs from this month.
Thus, Arsenal boss, Arsene Wenger has earmarked Aubameyang as the right player to bolster the squad in the likelihood of any big departures. Now, as per the report, the Gabon international's father, who doubles up as his agent, is in London in a bid to close the deal this week.
If the London side completes the deal, then they obtain a top marksman who can torment the Premier League defences for the foreseeable future.
Theo Walcott passes Everton medical ahead of move
The forward has been at the Emirates since his move from Southampton in 2006 as a teenager. Despite garnering around 400 appearances and bagging over 100 goals for the North London club, the Englishman has failed to become a permanent fixture on the teamsheet under Wenger.
Further, the arrival of the likes of Alexandre Lacazette has pushed Walcott further down the pecking order and there were rumours of the player looking for a move. Despite interest from Southampton, it was Everton who stole a march on the 28-year old.
Sky Sports now reports that Walcott has passed his medical and agreed personal terms. The report further states the fee to be around £20 million. Meanwhile, former Chelsea and Celtic player, Tony Cascarino, believes Arsenal have let the speedster go for cheap and wrote in The Times:
"At £20million the Everton manager will think he has a bargain — in the form of last season Walcott would be worth double that."
"All forward lines are mobile now and Walcott could be deadly as part of a front three at Everton, playing on the shoulder of defenders, interchanging positions with Cenk Tosun and Yannick Bolasie. Don’t be surprised if he shows Wenger what could have been."
Thus, the deal can be expected to be announced soon.
Club legend unsure about Henrikh Mkhitaryan
The Manchester United playmaker is expected to be a part of the deal to take Alexis Sanchez to Old Trafford. However, the Armenian international is pondering over the move as per his agent, Mino Raiola who told Sky Sports News:
"Sanchez is part of Mkhi's deal. Not the other way around. Without him, Sanchez simply cannot go to United."
Thus, both the players are presently at their current clubs but Arsenal legend Ian Wright is unimpressed by the Gunners' transfer policy. He told the same news channel:
"Everything that is happening is being forced on them through other people. Mkhitaryan is not a player Arsenal have been after - he's a player that Arsenal have been handed. It's the same with Aubameyang - a couple of years ago, he was on everyone's radar but now he's gone a bit cold. Then all of a sudden, he's on Arsenal's radar - it all feels panicky for me."
"Of course they are both quality players. But if you are losing Sanchez, you need players that will hit the ground running. I'm not sure about Mkhitaryan's state of mind right now."
The situation will only get clearer in the coming days and a resolution can be expected before the window closes.