Arsenal pull plug on Aubameyang contract talks with Inter Milan leading £56m transfer race
Arsenal are ready to sell Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this summer after pulling the plug on contract talks with the striker.
Inter Milan have emerged as frontrunners to sign Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and only need to overcome one obstacle. The Gunners are ready to listen to offers for the £56million star after pulling out of contract talks with him late last week.
And they have decided it could be better to sell the 30-year-old rather than lose him for nothing when his contract runs out in 12 months.
Inter boss Antonio Conte is keen on taking the Gabon international to Italy this summer and Aubameyang is ready to listen to what he has got to say.
But competition is high with Manchester United, Chelsea, Barcelona and Real Madrid lurking in the wings and ready to enter the race.
Inter believe that they have got a chance of landing Aubameyang who is second to Jamie Vardy in the Premier League scoring charts with 17 to his name.
The one major sticking point remains his £200,000-a-week wages, especially as he was looking for an increase until the Gunners pulled the plug.
Inter believe that they can reach a compromise for a player who Conte badly wants in his squad next season.
Aubameyang was tagged in an Instagram story by an account named ‘About Arsenal’, with a picture of the Arsenal striker, his two brothers and his father sat at a table as he signed a contract to move to London on Saturday.
And Pierre-Francois, the strikers father, reposted the picture, which had the caption ‘You know what you have to do bro @aubameyang97’ to his own story.
One man who has been linked with replacing Aubameyang is Real Madrid striker Luka Jovic but Rio Ferdinand is not convinced.
He has advised Arsenal against pursuing Jovic and recommends they focus on making signings at the opposite end of the pitch.
He said in an Instagram Q&A: “[Jovic] is someone who could add something to Arsenal but I don’t think Arsenal need a player in that position.
“Arsenal need centre-halves. They need centre-halves who can defend and play as well.
“I played against Arsenal teams with the likes of Sol Campbell and Tony Adams. I don’t see that now. They have many good footballers but you need a blend.
“Why are they going for Jovic when they need to be looking at centre-halves?
“Arsenal is a fantastic club, what a club. But they need to get it right in other areas of the pitch.”