Real Madrid’s Sadio Mane transfer plan could actually be bad news for Arsenal and Mikel Arteta

Real Madrid have been linked with Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who could leave the Emirates Stadium in the summer.

Real Madrid’s reported transfer plan could leave Arsenal in a nervous situation as it hints at a swoop for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this summer.

The Gunners captain has just over 12 months remaining on his contract at the Emirates Stadium and will likely be sold if he does not agree to new terms, to avoid losing him on a free transfer next summer.

Barcelona, Inter Milan and even Manchester United have been attributed with an interest in Aubameyang’s services – but Real Madrid could join the hunt.

According to the Daily Express, the Gabon international is a target for Los Blancos but does not sit at the top of Zinedine Zidane’s summer wishlist.

Instead, the La Liga giants would prefer to sign Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund or Sadio Mane from Liverpool, with it stated they’ll move for Aubameyang if they fail to land either of that pair.

While that puts Aubameyang third on the list, Real Madrid will struggle to get Haaland as he only moved to Dortmund in January and Liverpool will put up a firm fight to retain Mane’s services.

Dortmund are said to be demanding at least £50m for Haaland, while Real reportedly believe they can land Mane for a fee of £140m – but both deals would be difficult and expensive.

Aubameyang, therefore, is the most realistic target for Real Madrid on that list and the forward has made no secret of his desire to play for Los Blancos before his retirement after making a promise to his late grandfather.

“Before he died two years ago I promised him that one day I would play for Real Madrid.

“My grandfather was from Avila, not far from Madrid. It’s what I said to him.

“I know it’s not easy but it’s something I keep in mind.”

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