Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s future at the Emirates is still up in the air. The 30-year-old’s contract ends next summer and Arsenal will be forced to sell him if he doesn’t sign an extension.
Multiple clubs from across Europe have been linked with a move for Aubameyang over the last few months but considering all the factors, the Gabonese international’s best option would be to stay put at the Emirates. Here’s why.
Barcelona, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Inter Milan have all been linked with a move for Aubameyang but none of those moves make sense for him this summer.
The Catalans have been heavily linked with a move for Aubameyang (Sport) but those rumours have quietened down.
Lautaro Martinez is Barcelona’s top target this summer and it is likely that they will land the Argentine this summer ahead of Aubemayeng.
Antonio Conte’s side are set to lose Martinez this summer to Barcelona and Aubameyang was tipped to be his replacement. (Le10 Sport)
However, the Nerazzurri seem to have changed their mind. Mundo Deportivo claim that Inter are targetting an Arsenal striker to replace the Argentine, but it’s Alexandre Lacazette and not Aubameyang.
Le 10 Sport claimed that PSG were interested in signing Aubameyang. Paris would have been a fantastic destination for the Arsenal man, both financially and with respect to him winning silverware.
However, the French champions announced the signing of Mauro Icardi this weekend which means that they will not be in the market for another striker.
AS claimed that the Arsenal man could head to his dream club, Real Madrid, this summer but that move seems dead now.
Marca claimed recently that Zinedine Zidane is willing to give Luka Jovic more time to settle in. That eliminates the need for a new striker considering that Karim Benzema is still very much their first-choice number nine.
What next for Aubameyang?
If Aubameyang is hell-bent on leaving Arsenal this summer, he will have to hope that Martinez’s move to Barcelona collapses and the Catalans make a move for him instead.
However, there are two other options that could prove to be a lot more profitable for him.
Aubameyang can extend his contract at Arsenal and be on new and improved wages. He will remain the captain and a hero among fans, and he could well go down as a club legend if he continues the same kind of form.
The most profitable move for Aubameyang this summer would be to run his contract down. The former Dortmund man will surely make a ton of money as a free agent next year and many more clubs will be interested in signing him.
That, however, will leave Arsenal in a terrible position but their mismanagement of player contracts has brought them here and history shows that this predicament is nothing new for them.
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