Arsenal have reportedly dropped their initial asking price for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to £30million and are resigned to losing their main striker this summer, according to 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.
The 30-year-old’s future is uncertain, given his contract expires next summer, and if he doesn’t pen new terms, the Gunners will have to decide whether to cash in on him or let his contract run down.
Earlier this year – 14 February to be exact – Aubameyang’s price tag was reported by The Mirror to be in the region of £70million, but the global health crisis has since put a stop to football and is likely to cause major financial repercussions across the whole industry.
The Sun has claimed that, with clubs unlikely to sanction big-money moves and Arsenal facing the prospect of losing Aubayemang for little to nothing next year, they will reportedly accept bids of £30million.
Prior to the global health crisis, it wouldn’t have seemed surprising were Arsenal to recoup their full outlay on Aubameyang plus a profit to move him on.
However, with the industry expected to take a huge financial blow and have to scale things back, the Gunners may well have to settle for a much lower fee.
Arsenal have been stung before by players running their contracts down and leaving for little or even nothing.
That said, in this case, if they are forced to part ways with Aubameyang for £40million less than they would have hoped, it would be a case of really bad luck given the circumstances outside of their control.