Guillem Balague has claimed that Arsenal have all-but agreed personal terms with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ahead of his potential move from Borussia Dortmund, with a fee yet to be agreed.
The Spanish football expert gets his opinions about, giving interviews on a number of subjects on a day-to-day basis, and he has now claimed that our club may have made an illegal approach for the Gabon international.
The Gunners have been strongly linked with a move for the Dortmund striker this month, with talks believed to have taken place with the player’s agent, as well as club officials having flown to Germany to discuss a potential deal with the BVB club.
Of course talks are not allowed between Arsenal and Aubameyang without permission from the selling club, which is usually only given once a fee has been compromised, but it is not unheard of for permission to be given prior to a fee being in place.
Balague is quick with his tongue however, and claims that any agreement would have been illegal between Arsenal and their target, but says that the terms have already been lined out regardless.
He said: “They have been comfortable until now because they know that the player has told Borussia Dortmund that he wants to leave,” Balague said.
“The agreement with the player, I’ve been told, ‘will be very easy to reach’.”
“Everything has already been put in place from that side of things.
“But as you know you cannot say that say that an agreement has already been done with the player because that would be illegal.
“As you know, Arsenal have always been looking after money and not over-spending.
“This market has been absolutely crazy. I mentioned in another video that the agent of Jonny Evans is asking Manchester City for £4m, along with the £20m transfer fee.”
Could we have made an illegal attempt to negotiate with the Dortmund star? Would the BVB have allowed us to talk to their player prior to agreeing a price?