Arsenal eye 18-goal striker who would cost £50m as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang replacement

Arsenal are eyeing Lille ace Victor Osimhen as a potential replacement for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Aubameyang’s contract with the Gunners runs out in June 2021 and the star striker has yet to agree on an extension, which means he could leave the club for free next year.

If the Gabon international doesn’t put pen to paper on a new deal then the Emirates outfit may opt to cash in on him this summer with several suitors already lined up.

The 30-year-old has been linked with the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona whereas Manchester United as well as Manchester City are also monitoring the situation.

According to La Repubblica, Arsenal are now looking ahead and are examining possible attacking reinforcements ahead of the summer transfer window.

The Gunners have once more turned their attention to Lille, just like they did last summer when they signed Nicolas Pepe for a club record fee of £72million.

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Pepe has yet to live up to expectations, although he did show slight improvement during his last few performances before the season was suspended on March 13 due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Arsenal , however, won’t let that get through their transfer plans and could make a bid for another young Lille ace in Osimhen.

The 21-year-old forward enjoyed an impressive season as he recorded 18 goals and six assists in 38 appearances across all competitions.


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However, Mikel Arteta’s side will face stiff competition from Napoli who are also keeping tabs on the Nigeria international.

But Lille won’t be letting Osimhen go on the cheap as they have slapped a €55million (£50m) asking price on the frontman.

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has had a major financial impact on the market and clubs are unlikely to pay over the odds in the next few transfer windows.

Arsenal legend Paul Merson believes managers like Arteta will benefit from this situation as he will find it easier to coach and develop talent without worrying about splashing the cash to compete with his Premier League rivals.


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Merson said: “But I think this situation helps someone like Mikel Arteta. Arsenal need such an overhaul of players that it’s actually almost impossible to get that many players in.

“There’s now an opportunity for him to work with the current crop, and I think it actually takes the pressure off of Arteta, and now anything is a bonus.

“Arsenal’s expectations will be nowhere near as high as they were a few months ago. I think he’ll now be given loads and loads of time to build. He’s young, he’s enthusiastic, and he’ll want to work with younger players.

“He’s not a [Jose] Mourinho or Pep Guardiola, who I’d call your Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroys, they’re just dealing in majors, nothing else! Arteta is the type who might work from the ground up with lesser players.”

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