Yesterday, we carried quotes from Granit Xhaka who fears the damage that would be done if Arsenal lost Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at the end of the season.
No teammate has come close to matching the 30-year-old’s goal-getting since he signed from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018, however, as he edges closer to the final year of his contract, the club, who said this time last year that they won’t let players run down deals, have to decide whether to stick or twist.
Today, Paris Saint Germain have emerged as a possible suitor. Le 10 Sport, who in the past have been hit and miss with their transfer speculation, claim ‘exclusively’ the Qatar-owned Ligue 1 giants are leaning towards the Gabonese rather than taking up their option to sign on-loan striker Mauro Icardi.
They claim a fee between €40-50 million is viewed as good value by the Parisians, which seems like a bold statement given his age and the fact nobody quite knows how the transfer market will react to the coronavirus situation. That said, when you’ve spent the best part of €400 million on Neymar and Mbappe, perhaps it does look like chump change.
If a €50 million offer is presented to Edu and Raul, you’d imagine they’ll think very hard about a sale even if replacing Auba’s goals looks daunting. For what it’s worth, there are also rumours floating that Alex Lacazette, who has two years left on his deal, could be sold if the right offer is tabled.
In separate news, Auba has been using the lockdown to hone his video game skills. According to ESPN, he’s set to take part in a virtual Formula One grand prix around Monaco’s street circuit on Sunday.
McLaren’s Lando Norris has been sharing a few tips with Auba ahead of the duo lining up alongside each other in the latest of a series of races played out on the official F1 2019 video game.