Arsenal Transfer Target Hands In Transfer Request To Force Move
The last few days for Arsenal fans have included watching the Premier League's best sides battle it out for their best player and seeing their team lose to Bournemouth, it's not been a happy time. But finally there's some good news.
For the last year only the most blindly optimistic of Arsenal fans, if any of them still exist, knew that they'd be losing Alexis Sanchez and it would probably be on a free to Manchester City.
However after the Gunners didn't sell their Chilean for £60 million in the summer they probably weren't expecting to lose him for around £30 million in the January window, with the team struggling the way they are.
That's the reality they now face with the Gunners loss to Bournemouth at the weekend leaving them eight points off the Champions League spots, just a week after crashing out of the FA Cup.
But there is some good news. Wenger is obviously focused on replacing the departing Sanchez and has his eyes set on some pretty big names, literally. According to German paper Bild Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has handed in a transfer request.
It comes as no surprise to see the Gabonese forward trying to force a move away from Dortmund after he was suspended from the team for the third time in just over a year at the weekend, losing his starting place to English youngster Jadon Sancho.
Dortmund are thought to currently want £60 million for the player and that will have to come down for the deal to be done but the player's relationship with new Arsenal recruitment boss Sven Mislintat is expected to help the deal go smoothly.
The former AC Milan player has still managed to score 13 goals this season in 15 Bundesliga games despite his ill discipline.
Talks with United over Sanchez are ongoing with Henrikh Mkhitaryan, a former Dortmund player, being discussed as part of a player exchange deal with the Armenian clearly out of favour at Old Trafford.
Bordeaux's Malcom could also be a target for Arsene Wenger if either of the two other options doesn't pan out.