Serie A side Roma could trigger Arsenal into making a move for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, a forward they were strongly linked with last summer.
German tabloid Bild has reported stories from the Italian press, which suggest Roma are preparing to make a move for the Borussia Dortmund star, which could prompt Arsene Wenger to make his own bid.
Despite the superb performance by Joel Campbell for Costa Rica and the fact Lukas Podolski can play as a striker, Arsene Wenger continues to be linked with potential moves for additional forwards on a frequent basis.
Should he decide that he can’t let Roma make a move for the risk of missing out on Aubameyang again, there are a couple of potential problems he’s likely to encounter.
Firstly, Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp has just seen one of his best ever talents leave for Bayern Munich in the form of Robert Lewandowski.
That’s created a hole in the BVB attack, which will only be partially filled by the arrival of Italian forward Ciro Immobile.
Aubameyang is likely to enjoy greater prominence in the Dortmund attack next season, which creates confusing logic if he’s thinking about taking a move to Roma or any of BVB’s European rivals.
Secondly, Roma have been linked with making some high profile sales this summer, which will put them in a decent financial position.
Mehdi Benatia is being linked with a move to Barcelona, with some reports suggesting the fee could be in excess of £30 million, which would put them in a great position to make a move for Aubameyang.
Arsenal are themselves are in a bullet proof financial spot at the moment but the difference is that Arsene Wenger doesn’t like to overpay or do what he considers to be bad business for the Gunners.
In the same way Manchester United are likely to overpay for Luke Shaw of Southampton to ensure they get him, Roma could aggressively go after a deal for Aubameyang.
If Aubameyang is available then Arsene Wenger would surely be interested but it’s far from a smooth road ahead.