Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has confirmed that Arsenal have tabled a formal bid for striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The Gabon international, who has scored 21 goals in 23 appearances thus far this season, has been heavily linked with a move away this month.
After Dortmund were forced to deny reports that a deal had been agreed over a summer switch to a Chinese club, Arsenal soon emerged as the frontrunners to sign him, with Arsene Wenger keen to compensate for the impending loss of Alexis Sanchez.
Watzke has now confirmed that a formal offer has been lodged by the Premier League club, with reports suggesting that Dortmund value Aubameyang at £53 million.
“I can confirm that there has been a first request from Arsenal for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and we are not commenting on the sums that have been called from England since noon today,” he said, per Ruhr Nachrichten.
Watzke’s admission comes just a day after BVB transfer chief Michael Zorc dismissed talk of a deal with the London club as “rubbish”, having already hit out at Wenger for being ‘disrespectful’ in suggesting negotiations.