Manchester United have been in the market for a new striker since the summer of 2019 when Romelu Lukaku departed the club. However, it may seem that they have found their man to replace their former number nine, and it could be a move that hinders a club also competing for a place in the top four of the Premier league.
United are reportedly interested in bringing in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Arsenal. The Gunners captain could be available in the summer for a price of around £50 million. Some fans will be shocked at the low valuation of the striker, who has scored 17 goals in the Premier League this season.
Aubameyang Open To Leaving Gunners
The 30-year-old has only been at Arsenal since 2018, and this is only his second full season at the club. He joined the Gunners from Borussia Dortmund for a fee of £56 million, which would mean Arsenal will actually be losing money on the forward, who was joint-top scorer in the Premier League lasts season. The Gabon international scored ten goals in the 13 appearances in the final half of the 2017-19 season before he continued that fine form by scoring 22 goals last season.
Aubameyang looks to be on course to eclipse that tally this season, as he has already scored 17 goals this season. There are still nine games remaining when the Premier League season resumes after the Coronavirus has been contained. The striker was also named as the club captain this season. He replaced Granit Xhaka as the skipper after the Swiss international was removed as captain following an altercation with fans. However, the club could be about to cash in on their prized asset.
Why Would The Gunners Sell The Forward?
Many supporters would be disappointed at the prospect of losing the forward, as he has been their star performer since arriving at the club. There are many similarities between Aubameyang departing the club, and the way in which Robin van Persie left the Gunners to join Manchester United. Aubameyang will believe that his chances of winning trophies could be increased by leaving the Emirates, as the Gunners are looking unlikely to achieve a European finish this season.
Manchester United won’t be the only suitors for the striker, as Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain are also interested. Aubameyang would likely walk into all of the starting line-ups for these sides, and that could be an important factor in any potential move. Not only that, but all three clubs look to be on the rise at present and are in desperate need of an attacking option. Aubameyang will consider Champions League football as essential when making his decision, which means United will need to achieve that target in order to tempt the Gabon international.
It looks unlikely that Arsenal will be willing to accept an offer from United, which means that they may instead sell the forward for a smaller price to ensure that he isn’t playing for a Premier League rival.