Manchester United are planning to make a £70million bid for Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, talkSPORT host Andy Goldstein has claimed.
The Red Devils appear likely to lose Romelu Lukaku this summer with the Belgium forward said to have agreed terms to join Internazionale of Milan, where he will link up with former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte.
And though Marcus Rashford is in line to sign a contract extension with United, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hopes to bring a new centre-forward to Old Trafford rather than rely on the young England international as his only senior striker.
The likes of Mauro Icardi, of Inter, and Juventus’ Paulo Dybala have been linked with summer moves to United, though talkSPORT’s Sports Bar revealed a new target earlier this week.
Host Andy Goldstein was told by an insider of a possible move for Arsenal star Aubameyang, who finished joint top goalscorer in last season’s Premier League, sharing the Golden Boot award with Liverpool duo Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.
An opening offer of £70million is said to be on the cards for the striker who joined the Gunners in January 2018 from Borussia Dortmund.
“I’ve got someone on the inside, who every so often would tell me transfer gossip,” Goldstein said. “I would say he’s got a quite high hit ratio… 75 to 25 per cent.
“He told me about Anthony Martial, which I tweeted two days before Man United even made their approach.
“He has told me United are interested in Aubameyang. He’s got two years left on his deal, is 30-years-old… he’s the finished article.
“United did something similar with [Robin] van Persie, and Romelu Lukaku is not doing it for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
“I think it’s crazy money for a 30-year-old… £70million first offer.”
United are not alone in being interested in Aubameyang, with the Gabon international already linked with an Emirates exit since the end of last season.
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He is claimed to have received an offer to move to China’s Super League, with a contract worth £300,000-a-week on the table.
However, Arsenal also want to tie Aubameyang down for the foreseeable future, with talks over a new deal planned to take place this summer.