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Dortmund ready to release Aubameyang as Arsenal deal nears completion

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Borussia Dortmund could release Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from their squad soon as the Bundesliga club could soon settle an agreement with Arsenal for the Gabon striker for a fee said to be around £60m.

The club has said they are prepared to sell him if “certain parameters are fully met”.

However, Dortmund has also made clear that the transfer will not be sanctioned until Dortmund have a replacement striker lined up, with Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud among the reported options.

It was known that Arsenal have already had two bids for the striker this month, both of which has been rejected by Dortmund. One of the rejected bids, worth 50m Euros, was made last Wednesday.

Aubameyang, 28, started for Dortmund for the first time since 16 December as they drew 2-2 with Freiburg on Saturday, after he was suspended by the club for their match against Wolfsburg two weeks ago for missing a team meeting.

The Gabon forward was also left out of the squad for the game at Hertha Berlin last weekend because club officials felt he was not focused enough, but he played 90 minutes in the draw with Freiburg.

“We are ready to realise a transfer under certain parameters but only if these are fully met,” sporting director Michael Zorc said.

“We have a clear position. Arsenal has started several attempts so far. We have up to now refused them all.”

Arsenal are looking to Aubameyang to replace Chile forward Alexis Sanchez, who joined Manchester United earlier this month in a swap deal with midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

Dortmund director says Arsene Wenger ‘lack respect’ over Aubameyang

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Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc has claimed that Arsene Wenger “lack respect” after the Arsenal manager spoke admiringly about Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The Gabon International has been linked with a move to Arsenal in recent weeks, and has seemingly been at odds with the club as he missed another game in Dortmund’s goalless draw against Wolfsburg after failing to attend a team meeting.

Wenger, when asked about the Gabon international’s character, said: “Yes, a character can be very positive or very negative. Overall you look at achievement over career and if he has done well the character has been used in a positive way.”

However, Zorc appeared unimpressed by the Frenchman’s comments and immediately responded: “We think it is a lack of respect when you get involved with players who are playing for another team.”

“There is no contact with Arsenal. We can only assume that Arsene Wenger has enough to think about when it comes to the performances of his own players.”

Aubameyang, who has been suspended by Dortmund three times in little more than a year, has also been left out of Friday’s game against Hertha Berlin with Zorg suggesting that the striker is not in the right frame of mind.

“He’s in Dortmund training,” Zorg added. “We feel that he’s not 100 per cent with it mentally at the moment. So it became a question of whether or not he could help us in Berlin. It’s a difficult situation.”

Hertha would be relieved to see the forward miss the game as they battle to stay in sight of the European spots; with the Berliners 11th on 24 points, victory over Dortmund could move them into the top seven.

“I would not mind if he transferred before the game,” joked Hertha’s Salomon Kalou. “That would be better for us. He is an outstanding striker so it would be really hard to play against him.”

RB Leipzig to keep Naby Keita from leaving for Liverpool in January

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RB Leipzig will not be letting their midfielder Naby Keita to join Liverpool this month according to the Bundesliga club’s sports director Ralf Rangnick.

Keita, 22, is set to link up with Liverpool from 1 July after the Premier League club agreed a big-money deal to sign him last August.

However, Liverpool, who sold Philippe Coutinho to FC Barcelona this month, were keen to fill the void left behind by bringing the transfer forward to secure Keita’s services this month.

However, Rangnick and the Bundesliga club has now stepped in to set the record straight in a bid to put speculation regarding the transfer status of the Guinea international “to bed”.

A statement on the club’s official website by Rangnick read: “We won’t allow Liverpool to sign him early, even though they have shown renewed interest to bring him in during this transfer window.”

“As everyone knows, we are not a selling club, therefore it would only have been possible had we reached a mutual agreement involving an exorbitant additional fee. That is not the case.”

A tweet from the club’s official twitter account that echoed the same sentiments read: “OFFICIAL: Naby Keita will remain an RB Leipzig player until 30th June 2018. We wish to put the speculation about a January move to Liverpool to bed.”

Keita earned his reputation as one of Europe’s hottest properties last season by helping Leipzig finished second in the Bundesliga and qualify for the Champions League. He also scored the opening goal as Leipzig dealt Schalke 04’s first defeat since September in the German top-flight.

Bayern boss Jupp Heynckes insists that Arturo Vidal is staying put

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Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes has ruled out a possible move for Arturo Vidal to Chelsea and insisted that the Chilean international will not be switching sides in the January transfer window.

The Blues have reportedly lined up a £33 million move for Vidal, with team manager Antonio Conte — who won three successive Serie A titles with Vidal at Juventus — has spoken in glowing terms of the 30-year-old in recent weeks and in December admitted: “I’d always want him with me” and that Vidal was “one of the best in the world”.

However, speaking to the assembled press in Doha on Saturday, Heynckes quashed rumours linking the midfielder Arturo Vidal with a January transfer, even going further to insist that Bayern will not see the sale of any player within the month.

“There is no contact between Chelsea and Bayern Munich,” Heynckes said. “We will not sell Arturo Vidal or any other player, for that matter, during the winter break.”

Vidal has featured in all but one of Bayern’s 16 games since Heynckes took charge of Bayern in early October, scoring in four successive matches between Bundesliga Matchdays 12-15.

The Chilean also previously played under Heynckes at Bayer Leverkusen prior to joining Juventus in 2011, although he now only has 18 months remaining on his current deal with the defending German champions.

Bayern are currently in Doha spending some of the mid-season break in Qatar and will play Al Ahli in a friendly match later on Saturday. Heynckes does not expect Robert Lewandowski or Mats Hummels to be involved due to minor injuries but could give a start to new signing Sandro Wagner, who joined from Hoffenheim on January 1.

“My players have been really excited to travel to Qatar. It’s great fun with the players,” he said. “Wagner has been well received. He can become an important player. Before, we had no alternative to Lewandowski.”