Arsenal have signed striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund for a fee of €63.75 million (£56m, $79m).
The club-record move bolsters Arsene Wenger’s attack and reunite the Gabon international with former Dortmund teammate Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
The deal was announced after drawn-out negotiations with Dortmund over the transfer fee.
The completion of the Aubameyang deal is expected to be followed by Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud moving across London to Chelsea, from where Michy Bathshuayi will leave for Dortmund.
Aubameyang is Arsenal’s second major signing of the January transfer window after Mkhitaryan joined from Manchester United in a swap deal for Alexis Sanchez.
The duo formed a partnership at Dortmund before Mkhitaryan’s move to Man United in 2016, and Wenger is hoping their combined talents will be more than enough to offset Sanchez’s departure.
Aubameyang leaves Dortmund under a cloud, having recently been dropped for disciplinary reasons by Dortmund as the move to Arsenal gathered pace.
Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc said upon announcing the deal: “Apart from the unpleasant happenings of the last few weeks we like to remember that the story of Aubameyang at BVB was a success story for more than four years.
“He’s done great things for the club and scored a lot of important goals. He was part of the cup winning team in 2017. We wish him all the best.”