Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has reportedly compiled a list of three players who could replace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang if the captain leaves in the summer
Since Aubameyang’s contract with Arsenal runs out at the end of the next season, the Gunners will have one last chance to cash in on the 31-year-old when the transfer window reopens for business this summer.
Inter Milan, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, and Manchester United have all taken an interest in Aubameyang, who has been reluctant to prolong his stay in north London so far.
The financial collapse caused by the coronavirus pandemic, as well as the fact that the Emirates outfit will likely miss out on the Champions League qualification for the fourth year running, will draw their summer budget thin.
Still, Arteta is keen to recruit a young forward to replace the Gabon international and has already identified three possible solutions, according to the Express Sport.
The first name on Arteta’s list is reportedly the prolific Celtic striker, Odsonne Edouard, who impressed during the 2019/20 Scottish Premier League, racking up 21 goals and 12 assists in 27 outings before the pandemic halted proceedings.
Edouard, who came through the ranks at Paris Saint-Germain before joining the Scottish giants in 2018, has a £30million price tag slapped on his head.
Although Arsenal hold a long-standing interest in the talented Frenchman, Arteta keeps his other options open, with Gent’s Jonathan David remaining an alternative and a considerably cheaper solution.
The 20-year-old Canadian forward was nothing short of outstanding in Belgian First Division A in 2019/20, finishing the campaign as the league’s joint-top scorer.
Indeed, David clocked up 18 goals and eight assists in 27 top-flight appearances, adding another three goals in seven Europa League matches.
Last but not least, Lyon’s Moussa Dembele remains in Arsenal’s crosshairs, as the Ligue 1 heavyweights may have to renounce some of their star players after failing to qualify for the Champions League.
Dembele, who previously played for Celtic and Fulham, notched up 16 goals and laid on two assists in Ligue 1 before the season was scrapped due to the coronavirus pandemic.
But, the 23-year-old is also closely followed by Chelsea and Manchester United and will undoubtedly command a considerable price tag if he was to move on in the coming months.