Arsene Wenger says that Arsenal are not close to signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund despite the fact that the club have a delegation in Germany to try and secure a deal for the striker.
Ivan Gazidis, Sven Mislintat and contract bloke Huss Fahmy are in Dortmund to negotiate with the Bundesliga club, but at his press conference this morning the Arsenal manager insisted that the signing was not as imminent as headlines would have you believe.
It may well be a case that Wenger is keen to completely downplay the story after the reaction from Dortmund last week to some fairly innocuous comments, and the fact that the two clubs are talking suggests things are closer than he suggests.
Asked if he was confident it would get done, he said, “Confident or not confident, I don’t know.
“At the moment we are not close to any deal, is it Aubameyang or anybody else.”
The possible inclusion of Olivier Giroud in the deal was also played down by Wenger, who said, “The negotiations are not as far as that.
“You never know how close you are. At the moment this is one of the possible movements, buy we have other things in mind as well.
“We have plenty of opportunities in different positions, you know, so the final decision is not made.”
It very much sounds like the manager playing his cards close to his chest and perhaps sending a little message to Dortmund that if things don’t get done they might look elsewhere.
However, the smart money is on the 28 year old becoming an Arsenal player sooner rather than later, so let’s hope we get it done.