Arsenal have been in touch with Real Madrid over a potential sale of Manchester United transfer target Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, claims a report.
The Gunners are understood to be prepared to sell the 30-year-old striker this summer, rather than let the Gabon forward run down his contract which expires in 2021.
Mikel Arteta has publicly stated he is keen to sit down with the attacker and tie him to a new deal, but talks are understood to have stalled and now the Gunners have touted their star man to Madrid.
According to Spanish outlet Diario Madridista Arsenal have offered Aubameyang to Zinedine Zidane’s side and are awaiting news from the LaLiga giants.
The report claims Real could offer Dani Ceballos as part of any potential deal, with the Spain midfielder currently on loan at The Emirates.
Real are looking for a new striker this summer after Luka Jovic failed to hit the heights he reached for Eintracht Frankfurt. Madrid bosses are believed (as per the Daily Star) to be furious with the £50m striker after leaving self-isolation last week to fly home to Serbia amid the coronavirus outbreak.
The forward then left his home in Serbia and was reported to police, earning a rebuke from prime minister Ana Brnabic.
Madrid though have a three preferred targets, according to the Spanish source with Kylian Mbappe, Harry Kane and Erling Braut Haaland all set to be on Zidane’s hit list.
However, all three of those would come at a price and Real could turn to Aubameyang, who would be a fraction of the cost, with his contract running down.
The Daily Express claim the Gunners would prefer not to do business with a Premier League rival, but they have shown in the past they would be willing to do so.
The two clubs swapped Alexis Sanchez and Henrikh Mkhitarayan two years ago and before that United bought Robin van Persie from the north Londoners in 2012.