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Arsenal 'to use Olivier Giroud in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang deal'

Arsenal 'to use Giroud in Aubameyang deal'
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Arsenal will reportedly revisit the possibility of using Olivier Giroud as a makeweight in any deal to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund.

Arsenal are reportedly planning to revisit the idea of using Olivier Giroud as a makeweight in any deal to bring Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to the club.

Borussia Dortmund last week ruled out the possibility of taking the Frenchman in a player-plus-cash deal which would see the wantaway Aubameyang move in the opposite direction.

However, having failed to come to an agreement during their first round of negotiations on Sunday, Arsenal executives are now reportedly planning to offer Giroud as part of the switch once again.

German publication Kicker reports that the two clubs are still some way apart in their valuation of the player, with Arsenal offering £44m but Dortmund holding out for closer to £60m.

The Gunners are ready to increase their bid, though, and will begin the second round of negotiations with an offer of £52m plus Giroud, although hen would only join Dortmund on a six-month loan.

The Frenchman is understood to be open to an exit - either temporary or permanent - as he looks to gain more regular first-team football ahead of next summer's World Cup.

Giroud has made only one Premier League start all season and has seven goals across all competitions, whereas Aubameyang has scored 21 goals in his 23 outings this term.

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in action for Borussia Dortmund in February 2017
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