Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas believes that Arsenal should sell Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Manchester United – but only if the Red Devils make an offer of £100million or more for the Gunners striker.
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.
The 30-year-old arguably faces a similar situation to Alexis Sanchez and Robin van Persie, amid reports suggesting Manchester United are interested in his services (Manchester Evening News).
Both Sanchez and Van Persie made the switch from Arsenal to Old Trafford, and Arsenal legends Nicholas and Alan Smith discussed on Sky Sports whether Aubameyang could be next in line.
“Would he win the title with United in the next few years? I don’t think so,” said Nicholas. “He might not even be in the Champions League if he was to join so what is the real appeal? Is it salary? I don’t think he is that type.
“Van Persie jumped to a massive salary, but Manchester United are not the same calibre as what they were then. Would he be the cutting edge for them? Maybe. But, like Arsenal, I think they have other issues to address.
“If Arsenal were to get £100m for him to go there, I would take that. Arsenal were once the challengers to United for the title, but now neither of them are. If Man United offer £100m for Aubameyang, sell him.”
Given the situation Arsenal find themselves in with regards to Aubameyang’s future, Arteta and the Gunners hierarchy have big decisions to make.
Selling Aubayemang to Manchester United would not go down well with the Gunners fanbase, but realistically, if the player is after Champions League football and bona fide title tilts, then the Red Devils wouldn’t be able to offer him what he wants any time soon.
And as Nicholas said, United have other issues to address within the squad, and like Arsenal, could do with an overall bolstering of the ranks rather than doing a Liverpool and getting one or two big-money aces who proved to be the final pieces of the jigsaw.