As the rumours about Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s exit heats up, Arsenal’s links with top European strikers have gone up as well.
The likes of Jonathan David, Odsonne Edouard and Moussa Dembele have all been linked with a move to the Emirates but nothing is confirmed just yet.
After back to back defeats in the league, Arsenal fans seem to have resigned to losing Aubameyang this summer. He will enter the final year of his contract next week and is yet to put pen to paper.
If Aubameyang does leave, Arsenal will have the tough task of replacing a striker who has been banging in around 20 goals a season for them. Sadly, there aren’t many who can boast of numbers as good as the former Dortmund man.
Corriere dello Sport have claimed today that the Gunners asked for information about AS Roma’s Patrik Schick a few weeks ago.
The Czech international is currently on loan in Germany with RB Leipzig. Schick has had a stunning season so far, scoring 10 goals in 14 starts for the club in all competitions.
Leipzig had an option to sign Schick for £26.3 million but that expired a couple of weeks ago. Roma now want to get rid of Schick this summer but they will not accept a bid less than £22.6 million from any side.
Emery’s Arsenal wanted Schick in 2018
This isn’t the first time Arsenal have been linked with a move for Schick. Corriere Dello Sport claimed back in November 2018 that Unai Emery had identified the Roma man as a replacement to Danny Welbeck who had suffered a horrific ankle injury.
The report then claimed that Roma were demanding Aaron Ramsey in a swap deal, something that Arsenal weren’t willing to do at that point.
A deal fell through then but there is a good chance it can happen now, but the Gunners face stiff competition from fellow Premier League sides Everton and Newcastle United.
A lot of this will depend on Aubameyang’s situation. If the Gunners somehow convince their star man to sign a new deal, there will be no need for a new striker but if he chooses to leave, Schick might just become one of Arsenal’s top targets this summer.