metro: Paris Saint-Germain have entered the race for Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and believe they could sign the Gabon forward for as low as £37.5million.
The Gunners captain has just 13 months to run on his existing deal at the Emirates and he rejected the club’s last proposal as the summer transfer window looms. Arsenal have lost superstars in the past for cut-price fees, with the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Robin van Persie, Samir Nasri and Aaron Ramsey all leaving the club for well below their market value.
The Gunners are desperate to keep Aubameyang but risk losing him on a free if they do not sell him this summer and that situation has attracted the likes of Barcelona, as well as Premier League rivals Manchester United and Chelsea.
However, with clubs likely to spend less this summer due to the coronavirus pandemic, a few select clubs with large reserves are looking to exploit the situation and Paris Saint-Germain have now entered the race.
According to Le10 Sport, the Ligue 1 giants are willing to spend up to £44m on Aubameyang, but believe they could get him for a fee as low as £37m. Arsenal signed Aubameyang for £57m in 2018 and despite being 30, the forward’s value has arguably risen given his 61 goals in 97 appearances for the club.
Former Arsenal ace Jeremie Aliadiere believes the club’s ‘poor management’ has given Arteta no option but to cash in on Aubameyang. ‘They’ve got to sell him, 100 per cent,’ Aliadiere said. ‘Arsenal can’t keep losing players on a free.
To be honest, I still can’t believe we’ve again got a top player, our captain, going into the summer only having one year left on his contract. ‘For me, it has to be sorted when he gets to two years. Last summer he should have signed a deal or been sold. Because when you get down to one year left, in a player’s mind there is a difference.
Source: Published by metro