Arsenal will do well if they’re able to sell Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for anything above £20million this summer and may keep him until his contract expires if no such bids arrive, 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.
However, the 30-year-old’s future is uncertain, given his contract expires next summer and no breakthrough has been made on a new deal.
If he doesn’t pen new terms before the upcoming transfer window, the Gunners will have to decide whether to cash in on him or let his contract run down.
Prior to the global health crisis, there was talk of Aubameyang being a highly sought after player with a hefty price tag – The Mirror speculated up to £70million back in February.
However, the football industry has been dealt such a financial blow that many clubs are expected to tighten their purse strings considerably.
The Sun claims that, given Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is still keen to keep his captain and top scorer, the Gunners would now rather just keep him and let him leave for nothing next season than to lose him for less than £20million.
A player of Aubameyang’s calibre should not be getting to the last 12 months of his contract without a resolution, and with the football industry set for a huge financial blow in wake of the global health crisis, Arsenal’s hand is weakened even further – a gamble which has backfired massively.
Now the Gunners are between a rock and a hard place – they can either sell Aubameyang at what is likely to be a hugely reduced price in a market where most clubs won’t be looking to spend big money, they can look to hold out until January and sell him for an even lower fee, or they can keep him for one more season and lose him for nothing.
If the report in The Sun is true, a £20million price tag for a player of his calibre – particularly when pre-crisis the rumour mill was talking about £70million fees – is barely worth considering, and in this case, Arsenal are better off with his 20 plus goals and leadership next season.