If Paris Saint-Germain can’t come to an agreement with Inter Milan on a reduced fee for Mauro Icardi before the end of the month, they may be forced to move on to another transfer target.
One striker that is available for the right price is Arsenal FC’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who has one year left on his current contract. The 30-year-old has yet to sign an extension and the Gunners would be open to accepting an offer instead of losing him for free.
According to Todofichajes.com, PSG is negotiating with Arsenal for Aubameyang with a transfer fee of €38 million being discussed. Along with PSG, FC Barcelona is in the race for the Gabon international and the report indicates that Aubameyang favors a move to the Camp Nou but is intrigued by the notion of playing in the middle of an attack that features Kylian Mbappé and Neymar Jr.
I don’t know how serious this report is but we do know that Arsenal will likely miss out on the UEFA Champions League next season and that they could use the funds from selling Aubameyang to re-tool their squad.
If €38 million is in fact the number that will get Arsenal to sell Aubameyang, PSG would be foolish not to go after him. Icardi is younger by a few years but he’ll also cost €10-€20 million more than Aubameyang. The former Borussia Dortmund striker has played under Thomas Tuchel before and he knows Ligue 1 from his time with AS Saint-Étienne.
This season, both Aubameyang and Icardi scored 20 goals but the Argentine tailed off towards the end of the season where he didn’t even feature against Dortmund in the Champions League knockout stage.
If I were advising the decision-makers at PSG, I would recommend they pursue the Aubameyang track and see if they can convince him to leave North London for the French capital while leaving Icardi on the back-burner for now.
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