In a record-breaking deal, English Premier League giants Arsenal added Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for a club record £56m deal as the second transfer window comes to an end. The 28-year-old is regarded as one of the best in the world and has 98 goals to his name in the 144 matches at the Germany-hosted Bundesliga. In overall competitions, the Gabonese has 172 goals in 213 matches.
The gunners had earlier bid twice for the striker but the club had refused the offers before agreeing to a fee that eclipses the £46.5m July purchase of Alexandre Lacazette. Auba, as he is commonly known, is the captain and the all-time top goalscorer for his national team Gabon. He was also awarded the African Footballer of the Year in 2015.
With the transfer window closing today, January 31, all major transfers are presumably over. With Arsenal at the sixth position in the standings, the boost will surely be a big help. Another positive point is that Auba has joined the club on a long-term contract for a club-record fee. Earlier, Manchester United had acquired Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal. The Chile striker had given a clear indication that he does not want to continue with the club. Notably, Olivier Giroud's will be joining Chelsea and Riyad Mahrez has made a move to Manchester City.
“This deal is subject to the completion of regulatory processes and Auba’s squad number will be confirmed shortly. We hope to be hearing from the man himself very soon - watch this space for exclusive Aubameyang content!” said the Arsenal website welcoming the striker.