Arsenal’s chances of retaining Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang beyond his current contract are looking very slim with several reports claiming we’re open to offers for our club captain.
Before the UK went into lockdown, Mikel Arteta spoke passionately about doing everything he could to keep the Gabon international at the Emirates.
The 30-year-old’s current deal runs until the summer of 2021 and it looks as though we’re going to accept defeat in persuading him to sign an extension.
The striker, signed from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018 already earns more than £200,000 a week and looks like it won’t be feasible to improve those terms given the potentially devastating financial effect of Covid-19 and the prospect of another year outside of the Champions League.
Earlier this week, it was confirmed that the majority of the squad had accepted a 12.5% wage cut for the next 12 months.
Having made it clear we won’t let players run down their contracts, we’ve little choice but to source a buyer for Aubameyang in a market that will likely be flattened by a lack of liquidity.
Barcelona are known admirers, while Inter Milan are also said to be keen on luring the attacker back to the San Siro. Auba was on the books at AC Milan between 2008-2011 but never actually made a first team appearance.
Whether they have the financial muscle to offer mega wages when the transfer window does finally reopen remains to be seen.
According to Transfermarkt, we have five other players with contracts due to end in June 2021. Bukayo Saka, Mesut Ozil, Sokratis, David Luiz and Shkodran Mustafi could also walk away for free unless we agree new terms or sell this summer.