Real Madrid are reportedly ready to switch their attention to Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after being told Tottenham hitman Harry Kane is not for sale
Los Blancos have identified Kane as their primary objective for the upcoming transfer window but Spurs bigwig Daniel Levy has no intention of renouncing his best player.
The English striker has endured an injury-plagued second half of the season but is expected to return to full fitness when the Premier League resumes once the coronavirus crisis is overcome.
Since the north Londoners deemed their headline performer indispensable and unsellable, Real Madrid have devised a backup plan that concerns Spurs’ cross-town rivals Arsenal.
Even though Karim Benzema starred for the Bernabeu outfit in the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo, the Frenchman, 32, is not getting any younger, and Zinedine Zidane needs a new striker to keep his side competitive on multiple fronts.
According to the Daily Star, the La Liga heavyweights have set their sights on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who has been in blistering form this season.
According to Diario Madridista #Arsenal have offered Aubameyang to Real & are awaiting an answer from the La Liga giants. Madrid though have other preferred targets; Kane & Haaland. Both of those would be difficult to sign so Real could turn to Aubameyang. https://t.co/HHE0k5w8zG— Gurjit (@GurjitAFC) March 24, 2020
Despite the Gunners’ flaws, the Gabon international has been a nightmare for the opposition defenses this campaign, scoring 17 goals in 26 league outings before the coronavirus halted his momentum.
In fact, ever since completing his big-money arrival from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018, Aubameyang has been one of Arsenal’s most consistent performers, managing 61 goals in 96 matches.
But, Mikel Arteta’s men are set to miss out on Champions League qualification for the fourth year in a row now, and a lack of European top-tier football might prove fatal to their efforts to keep hold of their talisman.
In addition to Real Madrid, Barcelona are also credited with an interest in Aubameyang although their attempts to lure him to the Camp Nou came a cropper in January.
The Catalans ended up signing Martin Braithwaite from Leganes, but the Denmark international is considered a rather short-term solution, which means Barca will rush back to the market once the transfer window reopens.