Arsenal were snubbed by Jamie Vardy yesterday after a longly awaited decision in which Arsenal fans had begun to anticipate rejection. With that transfer target gone, the club turns its attention elsewhere, with several strikers being on Arsene Wenger’s wanted list. The issue is, could another target be about to sign a new contract with his current side?
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is a transfer target for many top European clubs this summer, notably of which include Manchester City and Atletico Madrid. It’s not going to be easy for Arsenal to compete against some of the biggest resources in European football, because even though funds are available, it would be very unlike Wenger to spend £60m plus all on one player. If anyone is worth such a cost, it is arguably Aubameyang however, with the Gabon international striker scoring an impressive 36 goals for Borussia Dortmund last season.
Aubameyang’s performances have been so impressive, his tally has put him up with the likes of Messi, Suarez and Ronaldo in goalscoring terms for last season. With this in mind he could be looking towards pastures new, away from Borrusia Dortmund and apparently Arsenal are one of the club’s interested. Aubameyang was supposedly talking to Man City about a move, but with talks stalling, could Arsenal be ready to make a bid?
His current club won’t obviously want their main man to leave the club and so if the 27 year old is to wave goodbye to Dortmund this summer, then it won’t be on the cheap. However that won’t stop Dortmund from trying to keep hold of Aubameyang and according to TalkSport, the German side have offered him a new deal until 2020 with a bumper new wage package.
It’s going to take a lot of money to prise Aubameyang away from Dortmund this summer and personally I cannot see Arsenal doing so. In fact I’d be surprised if he leaves at all, unless either Man City or Real Madrid cough up a sizeable fee. Perhaps Arsenal should just focus on his club teammate Henrikh Mkhitaryan? Or shouldthey sign Aubameyang whatever the cost?