Paris Saint-Germain are keen on signing Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – but Inter Milan’s hopes of landing the Gabon international appear to have been scuppered.
Aubameyang’s Emirates future is up in the air with his contract expiring in June 2020 and no sign of him signing an extension.
Arsenal are appear likely to sell the 30-year-old, who is 31 next month, this summer to avoid losing him for nothing in a year’s time.
And French outlet Le10 Sport claim PSG are keeping tabs on Aubameyang, having not yet exercised their clause to sign Mauro Icardi permanently.
Icardi, on loan from Inter, can have his move to Parc des Princes turned into a full-time switch but the clause to do so expires on May 31.
And PSG chiefs are currently weighing up their next move, with a swoop for Aubameyang – who Le10 Sport claim would cost between £35m and £45m – a possibility.
Barcelona are also said to have very serious interest in the attacker, who has scored 20 goals in 32 games this season.
But while Antonio Conte’s Inter are said to appreciate the player’s talents, they cannot meet his wage demands.
It has previously been suggested that Aubameyang, currently on £200,000 a week, would want a 33 per cent pay rise to remain in north London.
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Meanwhile Granit Xhaka, who lost the captain’s armband to Aubameyang late last year, admits it would be a huge blow to lose the frontman.
“If that were to happen, it would, of course, be a great loss for the team and the club,” he told SportBild.
“Auba is always dangerous and always good for a goal, and as a guy, he’s also really great.
“He is always positive, optimistic, helpful and very professional.”
But Arsenal legend Ian Wright would not bemoan Aubameyang if he sought to leave in order to win silverware elsewhere.
He told SPORF: “If he was somebody that was tempted away, I’m not sure that people could really fault him at this stage.
“Because you look at Arsenal and the current plight, you have to say we’re going through a transitional period, coming off of Wenger, coming off of Unai Emery and now getting the coach that I believe is going to take us to the promised land.
“It depends totally on whether Aubameyang has the patience to wait for this to kick in but if he didn’t I’m not sure at his age what people could say, he’s somebody that deserves to be playing at a level where he’s able to win things.
“Depending on his ambition, his people around him and what they’re saying to him, how much he loves the club – and I know he loves the club immensely – you have to pray that’s going to be enough for him to stay.
“But I’m not gonna sit here and say anything other than I wish him all the best with what he does but I pray to God he stays at Arsenal.”
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