Opinion: The Man Utd & Chelsea stars Arsenal should pursue as part of potential Aubameyang swap transfer

Aubameyang transfer interest gives Arsenal some exciting opportunities.

Arsenal fans will no doubt be tiring of all the Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang transfer speculation at the moment, but some interesting stories have come up.

There is seemingly a long list of clubs chasing our top scorer, with the Gabon international clearly a world class talent who could thrive in many of Europe’s biggest teams.

With spending likely to be lower due to the coronavirus crisis, Arsenal could take advantage and ask for some big-name players in return for Aubameyang.

The Express link Manchester United and Chelsea as being among the 30-year-old’s admirers, along with Real Madrid, Barcelona and Inter Milan, while PSG have been linked with him by Mundo Deportivo.

Let’s take a quick look at the players we might realistically be able to get in exchange from these clubs…

Man Utd

We could do with a defender or two, and United have some you fancy they might be ready to get rid of in the near future.

Chris Smalling has had a fine season on loan at Roma, showing that he could be worth giving another chance to in the Premier League.

Meanwhile, Eric Bailly has had his injury problems so might be a player the Red Devils are happy to let go. It would be a gamble for us, but if the Ivorian can get back to his best, he’d surely be an upgrade on the likes of Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis Papastathopoulos.


If we could get a defender from Chelsea, the most realistic option might be Kurt Zouma. The Frenchman hasn’t quite lived up to his potential after some injury problems, and has had mixed success whilst out on loan a few times. Like Bailly, he’d be a gamble, but one that could be worth taking for us right now.

We could also do with strengthening in midfield, and of Chelsea’s midfielders perhaps one they’d be most likely to let go is Ruben Loftus-Cheek. He’s also had his injury problems and will surely have fallen down their pecking order by now, perhaps giving us the chance to swoop for him and get him back to his best. On his day, he’s got real quality and could fill a number of midfield roles for us.

Real Madrid

Of course, the first name that springs to mind here is Dani Ceballos, who has been on loan with us this season and who perhaps seems unlikely to have much of a future with Real Madrid.

In terms of replacing Aubameyang, however, Luka Jovic could be a good option, with the young Serbian looking terrific at Eintracht Frankfurt last season but struggling at the Bernabeu, suggesting he could perhaps be a realistic candidate for the exit door this summer.

A bit more ambitious, but could we also go for Raphael Varane as an option to strengthen our defence? It might be a bit harder luring the World Cup and multi-Champions League winner to the Emirates, but it’s surely worth a go.


There’s another ideal defensive candidate here in the form of Samuel Umtiti, who has fallen down the pecking order at Barcelona, but who remains a top talent capable of strengthening us in what is clearly an area of major weakness in our squad.

Further forward, we could perhaps also be in with a chance of getting Aubameyang’s old Borussia Dortmund team-mate Ousmane Dembele. The France international never quite looked the right fit for Barca, but has immense potential and could operate in a number of attacking positions for us, helping us replace Aubameyang and taking the pressure off Nicolas Pepe after his slow start in north London.

Inter Milan

Mauro Icardi could be an ideal like-for-like replacement for Aubameyang despite his difficult time at Inter Milan. The Argentine has shone on loan at PSG this season and his future could be up in the air this summer. If Inter want a new striker in the form of Aubameyang, we could surely be in with a chance of getting Icardi in return.

If not, there’s another top defender on Inter’s books in the form of Milan Skriniar, though the Serie A giants might be less willing to part company with him this summer.


PSG’s squad is a strange combination of players who are unrealistic or just not that tempting, but there could be a few candidates here.

In midfield, Idrissa Gueye and Ander Herrera joined them last summer but have perhaps not had the desired impact, though both would surely improve us in midfield. Both have also previously shone in the Premier League, which is a nice bonus.

In attack, we could perhaps also try for Julian Draxler, who has not had the career that was perhaps expected of him, but who remains a top talent who’d likely thrive in a team where he was the main man a bit more than he’s ever been at the Parc des Princes.

Tags Ander Herrera Chris Smalling Dani Ceballos Eric Bailly Idrissa Gueye Julian Draxler Kurt Zouma Luka Jovic Mauro Icardi Milan Skriniar Ousmane Dembele Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Raphael Varane Ruben Loftus-Cheek Samuel Umtiti


  1. Eric? What a joke. He’s even worse than Phil and Chris. It’s walk around the bush. And Kurt and Ruben? Just two more dead bodies that those who hate Asn’l think we shall have to bury in our cemetery. Thank’s a lot. Try to be serious.

  2. Exciting opportunities? 😂😂

    At a push, Icardi…as for the rest, well, I’d rather keep Aubameyang!!!

        1. Haha it is indeed 🎉 thank you very much Sue 👍 it’s also Abou Diaby’s birthday remember him ? 😬

          1. I doubt it Sue I have a bit of a cough so definitely going nowhere not even for a stroll 😳 haha I think a good shower and watch the rest of Yellowstone nice cup of tea that’s my day haha 😊👍

  3. Eric, Phil and Chris… Three second-rate vaudeville comedians, who try to entertain a raw audiens with slapstick jokes and clowning. The Asn’l revolution indeed! Watch out, Kloppy! Here we come!

  4. The only footballer I’d take from any of these clubs for Aubameyang, is Mbappe from PSG and Martinez from Inter

    Yeah, Mabappe for Aubameyang sounds somehow and unrealistic yeah? That’s how taking any of those boys for Aubameyang would seem

    I mean, who wrote the article?

  5. Varane is what we need but there is as much chance of getting him as there is of Donald Trump becoming intelligent.

  6. This article is so bad the author should be banned from having any more opinions. I clicked expecting to see names like Rashford/Martial not Smalling or Bailly


    1. You honestly think that United would swap young players like Rashford for a 30-year-old with no resale value and who would demand wages that Arsenal cannot afford? However sad it may be this article by Mark, who for the record is an excellent writer, is realistic and the level that Arsenal is right now. Do not blame the messenger, instead blame those responsible for putting Arsenal in this mess in the first place where they are forced to look at these sort of players.

  7. Has Arsenal become a dumping ground for useless and aging players? Or are we aiming for a relegation dog fight?Or since Diaby & Wilshire have left the building, are we looking for new recruits to keep the medical staff busy? Or are we a charity to pay for the retirement of medical expenses of the new recruits? Icardi makes sense to me, but I do not know his transfer fee, as Auba has intentions to play for RM not IM. Cabellos is a failed experiment, Jovic is goal shy and Varane, may not be on the transfer list. If Arsene deserves a statue, so does Ivan and Raul too.

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