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How Chelsea chief Marina Granovskaia played a key role in Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang transfer deal

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's club-record £56million move from Borussia Dortmund to Arsenal would never have happened without the co-operation of Chelsea chief Marina Granovskaia, according to Dick Law.

Concerned at the prospect of missing out on Champions League qualification, Arsenal smashed their transfer record for the second time in the space of seven months having already paid Lyon £52m to acquire the services of Alexandre Lacazette.

Arsenal's former head of recruitment Sven Mislintat played a key role, using his Dortmund contacts, in convincing Aubameyang to join the Gunners but it was Law who ensured a complex three-way deal which also involved Olivier Giroud and Michy Batshuayi got over the line.

'The Aubameyang deal was crazy because Giroud wanted out,' Law told Goal.

'Chelsea were loaning Michy Batshuayi to Dortmund and Aubameyang was coming to us.

'Dortmund said if we don't get the player from Chelsea, then Aubameyang doesn't leave and, of course, if we didn't get Aubameyang, we weren't going to let Giroud go.

She said if we get Giroud, we will loan our player to Dortmund and then you guys can sort yourselves out with them.

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