The Telegraph have claimed that Arsenal may be forced into selling Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for a cut-price figure if the current Gunners skipper decides to leave the club and rejects any advances the club makes.
Aubameyang, 30, is set to enter the final 12 months of his current contract at Arsenal despite scoring an impressive 20 goals in 32 league and cup appearances this summer – as well as being handed the armband.
Signed for £56million (Telegraph) in January 2018, Aubameyang has continued to show that he is one of the best strikers in European football – netting 61 goals in 97 Arsenal games despite the Gunners losing their established top-four place.
The latest report states that although no offer has been made to extend Aubameyang’s contract, rejection of any future deal – or simply if the striker wants to leave while his contract ends in 2021 – then Arsenal will have to take a big financial hit.
Indeed, Arsenal will have to sell Aubameyang for a fee in the region of £35million – a whole £21million less than what they paid for the Gabonese speed machine. The Gunners need to secure a new deal for Aubameyang, for reasons on and off the pitch.
TBR’s view – What should Arsenal do?
Arsenal must do everything they can to keep Aubameyang. However, it gets interesting if the current skipper rejects a new deal and requests to leave in the coming months. Do they sell? Or do they wait until his contract expires?
£35million is still a lot of money and certainly something to pass up. But would Arsenal be better served in keeping Aubameyang for another season, using him to get back into the top four in 2020-21, and then let him leave for nothing?
It is a tough decision, but surely he needs to be given another season under Mikel Arteta.