Dortmund want Chelsea striker to replace Aubameyang

It is looking increasingly likely that by the time the January transfer window closes on Wednesday night, Giroud will no longer be an Arsenal player.

It's been a unusual transfer window for Chelsea.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's projected £55.4m move to Arsenal will only go through if Borussia Dortmund can bring in Chelsea's Michy Batshuayi as a replacement, the Daily Express reports.

Andy Carroll, Peter Crouch, Islam Slimani, Ashley Barnes and Edin Dzeko were all blips on the Chelsea transfer radar but it looks like the target coming into view now is Arsenal's Olivier Giroud.

Following their struggles overseas, the Chelsea talent spotters have turned their attention back to the Premier League and have labelled Arsenal striker Giroud as their preferred target, and according to the Daily Mail, they could well be finally onto a victor.

According to MailOnline's Simon Jones, the Gunners are prepared to let him join Chelsea if they sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, provided the Blues pay them £35 million for his services.

However, Aubameyang started in Dortmund's draw with Freiburg on Saturday amid claims from the Bundesliga side that a transfer would be sanctioned if Arsenal reached "certain parameters".

This move will allow Giroud and his family to stay in London. He says a switch to the Emirates Stadium is "very, very close". With the World Cup coming up, Giroud needs more playing time if he wants any shot at making the French squad. Chelsea and Giroud are keen on the move, but the former have baulked at Arsenal's reported £30m - £35m valuation of the Frenchman.

Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan, who joined the Gunners from Manchester United last week in exchange for Alexis Sanchez, joined forces with great effect while at Dortmund and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will hope for a repeat performance.

The German club has been on the lookout for a striker ever since it became clear that Aubameyang will not be at Westfalenstadion beyond this month.

  • Julie Sanders