According to a report in The Times (£), two Chinese clubs are targetting Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this summer.
Both Guangzhou Evergrande and Shanghai SIPG are apparently interested in the club’s top scorer, with our lack of Champions League football and a need to generate funds via the market an ecouragement to their hopes of securing a deal.
Of course the issue is whether or not the player himself would be open to a move there, but he seemed willing to make the jump before he joined Arsenal in January 2018.
It was widely reported that Guangzhou Evergrande had agreed a £60m fee with Borussia Dortmund for his services, but ultimately the Gabon international switched to North London and has become an integral part of the team since.
Aubameyang will be 30 shortly, but until such time he remains 29, and if the right offer came in you could see why Arsenal might be tempted to cash in and reinvest.
However, it would put a huge dent in the squad, and Auba’s popularity within the dressing room and around the club is also a consideration for the hierarchy should any bid be forthcoming.
It all sounds quite spurious to us, so we’re giving this one a sloppy 9 on the Poo-o-Meter.