Arsenal have informed top European clubs that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is available for transfer as the Gunners make sure to send the former captain out as soon as possible.
Aubameyang was deprived of his captaincy last month after a disciplinary offense over his late return from an authorized trip to France. With that not his first strike, having previously been released for a North London derby on delay, Mikel Arteta took decisive action.
The striker, whose form has dropped since the end of the 2019/20 season, has not been involved since. His future at the club looks increasingly bleak, and Arteta seems anxious to take a stand when he is an example of the type of culture he wants to nurture in the squad.
Aubameyang has now connected with Gabon for the Africa Cup of Nations, which takes him out of the immediate spotlight, but Arsenal seem determined to solve the problem.
The Daily Mail writes that recruitment staff at “a number” of the top clubs in Europe have become “aware” that there is an opportunity to recruit Aubameyang.
However, there are concerns for Arsenal that his involvement in AFCON, which could tie him to early February if Gabon move on to the later stages, could complicate the transfer negotiations. His huge salary of £ 350,000 a week could also prove problematic for finding a club, while the Gunners are also said to fear that his transfer value could have been negatively affected by the very public saga.
Aubameyang still has a contract with Arsenal until 2023. But when he is 32 and does not shoot at all cylinders, the chance of getting back even half of the transfer fee of 56 million pounds they paid in 2018 seems unlikely.
In the Premier League, struggling Newcastle have been linked as a possible destination.
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