Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has reportedly asked to leave the Emirates Stadium this summer amid interest from Real Madrid, according to Spanish outlet Sport.
The Gabon international is arguably Arsenal’s most important player, having scored 20 goals in all competitions this season and taking over the team captaincy.
However, Aubameyang’s current contract at the Emirates Stadium expires at the end of the 2020-21 season and talks over a new deal have failed to yield a breakthrough.
If no breakthrough is found by the summer, Arsenal will have to decide whether to cash in on the 30-year-old before the 2020-21 season, risk losing him for less money in January, or let him leave for nothing the following summer.
According to Sport, Aubameyang has asked to leave Arsenal this summer, while Bernabeu boss Zinedine Zidane has reportedly identified the sharpshooter as the ideal candidate to fill the void left by Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus switch.
Another day, another Aubameyang transfer report – this saga looks set to rumble on until either the goal machine pens a new deal with Arsenal or ends up making the move to another club.
That said, with the global health crisis having stopped football in its tracks, the whole industry could well experience a big crunch, with transfer fees and salaries scaled down – so it’s not unrealistic to see reported player prices so much lower than before.
And if, as reported by Sport, Aubameyang has indeed expressed his desire to leave Arsenal – frankly, it wouldn’t be that surprising, given he most likely only has one big contract left in him and deserves to be challenging for titles and Champions Leagues – then it doesn’t bode well for the Gunners.