It could turn about to be an extremely busy final day of the transfer window in the offices of Arsenal, Chelsea and Borussia Dortmund.
As it stands, it looks as though all three are set to sign a striker and sell a striker before Wednesday night’s deadline.
Chelsea seem the most likely to get the ball rolling with a move for Olivier Giroud. Multiple reports have now suggested that, with a move for Edin Dzeko having hit a brick wall, they have turned to the French striker in their increasingly desperate search for a target man.
Indeed, Gianluca Di Marzio has reported that the two clubs have agreed a fee in the region of £15m plus addons to take the forward across London. However, the report also stresses that Arsenal will only allow the move to go through once they have the finer details of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s arrival sewn up. However…
Dortmund have claimed that they will not allow Aubameyang to join Arsenal until they have a replacement in the door. Terms on a €60m+ deal between the two clubs have been agreed, with a three-and-a-half year deal waiting to be signed, but the Bundesliga side are determined to have a new forward in the door before they allow that to happen. The forward they seem to have settled on is…
Michy Batshuayi. Chelsea, should they sign Giroud, will allow the Belgian to leave Stamfrod Bridge on loan for the rest of the season. Sevilla retain an interest in the striker but Dortmund appear to be in the driving seat. That said, and you can see where I’m going with this, Chelsea will only allow Batshuayi to leave the club once they have a replacement sorted.
Right now it appears to be a case of seeing which club blinks first in allowing the deals to take place, but once the first transfer goes through then the other two will likely happen quickly after.
All three are still expected to happen before the deadline, but it could be a close one.