A number of Arsenal fans have taken to Twitter to comment on the report claiming Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s price tag has seemingly dropped to just £20million (The Sun).
The Gabon international is arguably Arsenal’s most important player, having scored 20 goals in all competitions this season and taking over the Gunners team captaincy.
Since his £56million move to the Emirates Stadium in January 2018, Aubameyang has registered 61 goals and 13 assists for Arsenal in all competitions.
However, the 30-year-old’s future is uncertain, given his contract expires next summer and no breakthrough has been made on a new deal.
If he doesn’t pen new terms before the upcoming transfer window, the Gunners will have to decide whether to cash in on him or let his contract run down.
Prior to the global health crisis, there was talk of Aubameyang being a highly sought after player with a hefty price tag – The Mirror speculated up to £70million back in February.
However, the football industry has been dealt such a financial blow that many clubs are expected to tighten their purse strings considerably.
The Sun claims that, given Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is still keen to keep his captain and top scorer, the Gunners would now rather just keep him and let him leave for nothing next season than to lose him for less than £20million.
A reported price tag devaluation of £50million is worrying news for such a talented player, while the alternative – letting him run his contract down and leaving for nothing next term – is hardly much better, a gamble on his contract that has backfired massively.
What do Arsenal fans make of the report? Below are some of the comments on social media:
£20m minimum? Someone find me Raul, I need to have a chat with him.
— AFCAMDEN (@AFCAMDEN) June 2, 2020
— LacaZte. (@LacaZte) June 2, 2020
I hear Liverpool are offering £20mill + £1.
— Neil McKeown (@mckeown_afc) June 2, 2020
£20M is too low. He can easily carry us into top four. I wouldn’t let go of him. He can go on a free next season.
— The Red Gunner (@ngubane_red) June 2, 2020
Even in this market we should be looking at double that
— Jackthegooner (@Jack10Gooner) June 3, 2020
Sigh… this looks rough
— OMO PROF. (@CnMeister) June 2, 2020
should be more than 30mil
— PokeGooners (@Salt19Pepe) June 3, 2020
20 million is this a joke ???
— Sahil Maredia (@sahil_maredia) June 2, 2020