Manchester United have reportedly made significant progress in their bid to sign Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this summer.
Spanish outlet Sport states that the Red Devils have stepped up their efforts to land the Gabon international, having failed to land a replacement for Romelu Lukaku when the Belgian left for Inter Milan last summer.
The report adds that the 30-year-old, who has scored a whopping 257 goals in 493 career games, has already told Arsenal that he wants a transfer in the summer and that United are one just one of the sides who have made a major approach to sign him.
Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain have also made contact about a possible move, according to Sport.
Aubameyang is close to entering the final year of his contract at The Emirates, but there have been no signs of him intending to extend his stay in north London.
Arsenal can either chose to cash in on the player, who has scored 61 goals in 97 games for the club, or risk losing him for nothing from next January.
As for United’s interest, Reds Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has also been linked with a move for Tottenham frontman Harry Kane – but Aubameyang would come a whole lot cheaper than the £200m Spurs will demand for their talisman.
Aubameyang told to avoid swapping Arsenal for Man Utd at all costs
Paul Merson, meanwhile, believes that it would be a greater risk for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to make a move to United than remain at Arsenal.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Merson said that given the striker’s age, he should consider his future very carefully.
“I was very fortunate to play for Arsenal for a long time and make no mistake about it, it’s a great club,” Merson said. “The grass is not always green on the other side, you have got to be careful.
“Aubameyang is at an age now where he will play every week for Arsenal. If he goes to, say, Manchester United or somewhere else, four or five bad games and you are out of the team.
“He’s going to play every week at Arsenal and when you are coming towards the end of your career, two or three years to go, you have got to enjoy your football and play.
“If I were Aubameyang’s agent I would be stressing that he is at one of the best clubs in the world, a phenomenal football club that has as much chance as anybody, bar Manchester City and Liverpool, winning something. For me, I would stay.”