It is going to be a tale of three strikers as the Telegraph reports that Chelsea are close to signing Olivier
Giroud from Arsenal in an £18 million deal, as Michy Batshuayi gets closer to a loan deal to Dortmund
which will see Arsenal sign Pierre Emerick Aubameyang.
The Blues opened talks with Arsenal over a deal for the striker on Monday, agreed a fee of 18 million
and will see the 30-year-old undergo a medical today having verbally agreed personal terms with the
Giroud was named on the bench and came on as a sub in the game against Swansea last night in what
looks to be his final game for the club, and he seemingly told his goodbyes by going to wave to the
Gunners fans at the end of the game.
Aubameyang flew into London earlier yesterday and is waiting for a go ahead from Dortmund who want
to bring in his replacement before allowing him sign for Arsenal.
Once Giroud signs for Chelsea, the Blues will allow Michy Batshuayi go on loan to Dortmund until the
end of the season and Aubameyang will be free to sign for Arsenal.
Speaking on a possible Giroud transfer, Wenger said: “It’s a possibility.
‘But all that will be decided tomorrow morning.
‘We will inform you once that is more definite.”
However, he praised Giroud’s commitment to Arsenal.
“It’s a tribute to his professionalism,’ he said in his post-match press conference.
‘He’s given great service to the club, never let us down on the performance front and saved us many
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