Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Dortmund
Arsenal signed Lucas Perez from Deportivo La Caruna for £16m in the summer with Arsene Wenger criticised for a lack of ambition in the transfer market.
However, Italian agent Vincenzo Morabito told Radio CRC (as reported by the Daily Star ) the Gunners went for a far greater prize.
Morabito says he found out that Aubameyang was worth £80m to Arsenal when he made an approach to Borussia Dortmund on behalf of a Serie A giant.
"Sometime ago, I called Zork, Dortmund’s director of football, to talk about Aubameyang [on behalf of Napoli], but the ‘no’ was absolutely categorical," he said.
"I know that this summer, Arsenal offered €90m (£80m) for Aubameyang, but Borussia didn’t want to hear anything about it."
Aubameyang was stood down by the club for a night out recently but paid them back with four goals on his return.
Here’s what else is happening in our Tuesday round-up…
Top stories from the Daily Mirror
Liverpool are set to tie three of their brightest young stars down to new long-term deals.
Luke Shaw is battling to save his Manchester United career after his latest bust-up with Jose Mourinho.
Ruthless Antonio Conte is planning major changes to Chelsea’s squad in January.
EXCLUSIVE: West Ham eye January loan for Chelsea outcast Cesc Fabregas – and the Blues could subsidise his wages.
Paris Saint-Germain are set to test Everton’s resolve with a January move for Romelu Lukaku.
Cesc Fabregas could head to West Ham on loan
Gareth Southgate says England used to try and keep Gazza calm by letting him fish in a bathtub at Wembley.
Gareth Southgate defends Chris Smalling and Luke Shaw – but says some players aren’t tough enough to play for England.
STAN COLLYMORE: Liverpool and Chelsea are in good form – but Man City are still my tip to win the Premier League.
David Luiz urges Chelsea team-mates to stay humble in the Premier League title race.
Jordan Henderson hails Liverpool’s ‘world class’ attacking trio – ‘It’s a pleasure to play with them’.
EXCLUSIVE: Brighton boss Chris Hughton believes the EFL Trophy has become a breeding ground for young talent.
Darren Fletcher insists ‘it’s the badge that matters’ as FIFA forbid Scotland to wear home kit at Wembley.
Harry Kane is set to lead England’s attack against Scotland despite fitness concerns.
West Ham left-back Aaron Cresswell has been given his first England call-up.
Stories from other newspapers and websites
Hector Bellerin is close to agreeing a contract extension at Arsenal after his agent held productive talks in London last week. (The Guardian)
Steven Gerrard will not be hanging up his boots – sparking fresh speculation he is set for a reunion with Brendan Rodgers at Celtic (Daily Record)
Despite reports that Stefan de Vrij was set to sign new terms with Lazio, reports in Italy claim Arsenal and Chelsea are very much still in the race (La Repubblica)