Justin Allen in the Sun recently reported the Gunners are eyeing a £42 million move for the in-form Gabonese forward and that an "intermediary" had been in contact with Dortmund to thrash out a deal.
Will Aubameyang move to Liverpool in the January transfer window?
However, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp reportedly believes he can hijack Arsenal's move because of his "superior contacts" at his former club, per Spanish outlet Don Balon (via James Cambridge in the Express).
Aubameyang moved to the Westfalenstadion in July 2013 and worked under Klopp for two seasons before the German left the club last summer.
The 26-year-old showed decent form under Klopp—netting 29 league goals across his first two Bundesliga campaigns—but has truly stepped up his game in 2015-16 and has scored 18 times in 17 matches, per WhoScored.com.
Hence he has become such a sought-after and expensive target. Given the scarcity of available world-class strikers across Europe, both Arsenal and Liverpool clearly believe they can force Dortmund's hand with a big-money offer.
While football pundit Jan Aage Fjortoft has previously suggested Dortmund would not let him go, the club's CEO, Hans-Joachim Watzke, has dropped a slight hint Aubameyang could be available:
As reported Arsenal willing to pay "big money" to get Aubameyang. But Dortmund say NO. Building a new team. Not desperate for money— Jan Aage Fjortoft (@JanAageFjortoft) January 3, 2016
Dortmund- boss Watzke: - We are not dependent on Aubameyang Wow! Looks like the transfer-window is opened pic.twitter.com/6iUprDBWTc— Jan Aage Fjortoft (@JanAageFjortoft) January 4, 2016
Klopp has had a mixed time of it since taking over at Anfield in October, but the January transfer window offers him his first opportunity to bring his own players into the club.
Summer signing Christian Benteke struggled to make a significant impact in the first half of the season, most recently putting in an abject performance in Saturday's 2-0 defeat to West Ham United, per Squawka:
Christian Benteke's game by numbers: 0 shots on target 75% pass accuracy 0 take-ons 15% aerial duels won (2/13) Not at his best.— Squawka Football (@Squawka) January 2, 2016
Aubameyang would surely be an upgrade on the Belgian, not least because he would be able to slot into Klopp's style of play with ease having worked under him before.
However, there is no guarantee Klopp's influence could prove the deciding factor for Aubameyang if he does leave Dortmund.
Arsenal seem a more attractive prospect than Liverpool given they are top of the Premier League and perennial Champions League participants.
Furthermore, Bleacher Report's Dean Jones is convinced Arsene Wenger is preparing to make a big-money purchase in 2016, although his prediction is for the summer, not January:
Aubameyang would be a brilliant addition for Liverpool and the Premier League, and he would give them a far greater chance of a top-four finish this season if he arrived in January.
However, even if Dortmund are prepared to let him go, Liverpool will have a serious fight on their hands with Arsenal and numerous other clubs surely eager to add Aubameyang to their squads.