Arsenal have reportedly made contact with Real Madrid over a potential sale of Manchester United transfer target Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Arsenal will look to cash in on star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this summer as the striker enters the final 12 months of his contract. Manchester United were interested in signing the Gabon international but Real Madrid have reportedly been offered a deal.
Arsenal’s preference would be to keep hold of the 30-year-old but they would find it difficult to do so if they do not seal European football next season.
Mikel Arteta’s side are ninth in the Premier League table so are drawing up contingency plans for the transfer window.
According to Spanish outlet Diario Madridista, Arsenal have made contract with Real to see if they want to sign Aubameyang.
Los Blancos are in the market for a new striker as Luka Jovic has failed to provide competition for Karim Benzema.
Kylian Mbappe, Harry Kane and Erling Braut Haaland are said to be Zinedine Zidane’s top three targets.
But every one of those players would command a heavy fee so Aubameyang could be seen as the ideal placemaker.
That would come as a blow to United, who were said to be considering a summer switch.
The Gunners would prefer not to do business with a Premier League rival – but they have shown in the past they would be willing to do so.
United bought Robin van Persie from the north Londoners in 2012 and he fired the Red Devils to the Premier League title the following year.
The two clubs also did a deal which saw Alexis Sanchez and Henrikh Mkhitaryan swap teams two years ago.
Barcelona have also been fond admirers of Aubameyang but Real have been handed a golden ticket to the front of the queue.
Meanwhile, Arsenal legend Paul Merson had a dig at United when they were linked with the forward.
“I don’t think you can say Aubameyang would be going for ambition if he went to Manchester United,” Merson told Sky Sports.
“He’d be going for the money because he’s almost 31 and this would likely to be his last move.
“At the moment, you can’t say you are going to go to Manchester United and get guaranteed trophies. You won’t be able to guarantee United winning anything in the next two or three seasons. They are getting better but it’s not ambitions, it’s the money.
“If it was Manchester City or Liverpool, that would be different. You’d be thinking of course, he’s ambitious and he wants to win things.
“I’m not saying United won’t win things, but you can’t assure me of it. I can assure you Man City or Liverpool will in the next few years.”