Report: Club make loan bid for 'superb' Arsenal player
Arsenal have received a huge boost in their bid to offload Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, with The Telegraph reporting that they have received a loan offer from Al-Nassr that includes an obligation to buy.
Aubameyang has been out of the Arsenal fold for some time. Of late, he has been away on international duty. However, before that, he spent several weeks on the sidelines. Mikel Arteta stripped him of the captaincy.
It was recently suggested that the Gunners had made contact with Barcelona about the possibility of taking the 32-year-old. Meanwhile, the Daily Star reported that Newcastle were open to signing him on loan and covering a large part of his wages.
But Arsenal have probably now received their best offer yet. The Telegraph reports that Al-Nassr want the striker on loan. And they are prepared to agree to an obligation to buy for £6.5 million.
As The Telegraph notes, the move would see Arsenal offload his £250,000-a-week wages. However, the Gunners are currently considering the bid.
Arsenal must let Aubameyang go as Al-Nassr make loan bid
Arsenal may be tempted to hold out for a bigger fee. Aubameyang has been their talisman for much of the last few years. Arteta said last year he was a ‘superb‘ player set to play a big role in the future.
Perhaps another club will act off the back of Al-Nassr’s bid. But as things stand, Arsenal would surely be wise to accept the offer.
Receiving any fee for Aubameyang is going to start to feel like a huge bonus should he remain on the sidelines.
And clearly, a significant amount of room will appear on the wage bill should they let him go. That could potentially make a big difference in pursuit of marquee targets such as Dusan Vlahovic and Youri Tielemans.
The time has come to let Aubameyang leave. And while not ideal, the offer from Saudi Arabia is very reasonable.