Juventus are reportedly plotting a transfer swoop for Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to pair him up with Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Gunners may be forced to sell their top goalscorer at the end of the season as he enters the final year of his contract at The Emirates.
The 30-year-old has yet to agree a new deal with the club, meaning he could walk away for nothing in June 2021.
And now Le10 Sport, as cited by The Sun, claims the Turin giants have contacted Arsenal over a potential deal once the transfer window re-opens. They are said to view him as a ‘dream’ partner for Ronaldo.
However, both Barcelona and fellow Serie A giants Inter Milan are also plotting to sign the former Borussia Dortmund forward. Indeed, Aubameyang is said to be ‘fascinated’ about the opportunity to move to Milan.
Aubameyang, who has 20 goals in 34 appearances this campaign, has been urged to quit The Emirates by Arsenal legend Emmanuel Petit.
The 1998 French World Cup winner told Paddy Power: “If I was Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, I would leave Arsenal.
“There is some quality in this team but when you arrive at the club nowadays you want to do great things. But, come on guys, Arsenal is not the same any more.
“It’s becoming an average club. I feel so sorry for the fans and all the people who love the club. I feel sorry for the former players that try to uphold the Arsenal reputation.
“But I don’t feel sorry for the players – I think 75 per cent of them at the club at the moment don’t deserve to wear that shirt. They should look at themselves in the mirror and show some pride.”
Arsenal boardroom wasting cash in recent years
Petit also hit out at Arsenal’s boardroom for wasting cash in recent years while allowing top stars to run down their contracts.
He added: “Does anyone think the Arsenal executives and directors know what they’re doing on the football side of things?
“For the last few years they have been splashing out on the transfer market – and have brought in some decent players – but I don’t know what their target or project for the future is.
“It’s far worse now than in the last years under Wenger. What is the point of being one of the richest clubs on the planet with no reason or vision behind it?”
Meanwhile, Chelsea want to sign RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano and could use their solid relationship with the Bundesliga side to beat Arsenal to his signature, according to reports.
Upamecano, 21, is one of Europe’s most highly-rated young defenders and has made 27 league appearances this term.
Reports in the past few months have linked Arsenal with the France Under-21 international, with Gunners boss Mikel Arteta keen to revamp his defence.
However, The Athletic claims Chelsea believe their plan will persuade Leipzig into doing further business with the club. Read more…